Phoenix
Suns
Stadium Talking Stick Resort Arena
7-4 Overall | WESTERN 5th
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Pacific Division117.6110.5
    Schedule
    Regular season
    Sat  11/2
    @
    Memphis
    W114-105
    Mon  11/4
    vs
    Philadelphia
    W114-109
    Thu  11/7
    vs
    Miami
    L108-124
    Sun  11/10
    vs
    Brooklyn
    W138-112
    Tue  11/12
    vs
    Los Angeles
    L115-123
    Thu  11/14
    vs
    Atlanta
    W128-112
    Mon  11/18
    vs
    Boston
    9:00pm
    Tue  11/19
    @
    Sacramento
    10:00pm
    Thu  11/21
    vs
    New Orleans
    TNT10:30pm
    Sat  11/23
    @
    Minnesota
    5:00pm
    Team Outlook and Scouting Report

    SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

    Ricky Rubio is a fine defender and a great passer but not a person thought Utah's great defense or inconsistent offense would be any worse when it was clear they were moving on from Ricky Rubio. It is one thing to shoot 31% from three point range. That is bad, but when it comes on wide open looks that average guards would make 42% of the time it's even worse. The Suns did improve after dumping Josh Jackson. The Suns are not contenders to win the championship at 1000/1, 0.1%. They are one of 8 teams with these odds (#23 in the league). They do not win the championship in any simulations. They are not a good value to win the West either at 600/1, 0.2%. The Suns are averaging 25.5 wins per sim so we recommend betting them to come under 29.5 wins. At +1400 the Suns are not a good value to make the playoffs with a 0% chance. They have less than 1% chance to win the division. In simulations they finish last in the West based on projected wins.

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    REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

    Their 19-63 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their expected win percentage was 27%. They were not good against the spread going 36-46 (-1460 loss). More of their games came in under (44) than went over (38). Based on computer simulations they only have a 44% chance to beat the Kings in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

    TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

    SHOOTING (WEAKNESS): This is a below average shooting team with a true FG% of 55.1% (#21 in League). The team has improved to 58.3% in their last 7 games. They average 107.5 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 107.8. On the road they average 107.4 (106.8 expected), and at home 107.6 ppg (108.9 expected).

    DEFENSE (WEAKNESS): They are not a good defensive team allowing opponents to shoot 58.3 true FG% (#29 in League). They allow 116.8 pts per game vs an expected value of 115.4. They are allowing 119.8 (116.5 expected) on the road, and at home 113.9 ppg (114.2 expected).

    REBOUNDING (WEAKNESS): They are outrebounded by opponents by 6.8 per game (#30 in league).

    TURNOVERS (AVERAGE): Their turnover margin is zero (#12 in league).

    TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

    The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Devin Booker who is projected to be the #6 Guard. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

    Roster
    NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
    46 Baynes, Aron C6-1026012/09/19867Washington State
    1 Booker, Devin SG6-520610/30/19964Kentucky
    25 Bridges, Mikal SF6-620908/30/19961Villanova
    4 Carter, Jevon PG6-120009/14/19951West Virginia
    14 Diallo, Cheick PF6-821909/13/19963Kansas
    10 Jerome, Ty PG6-519507/08/19970Virginia
    23 Johnson, Cameron SF6-821003/03/19960Pittsburgh; North Carolina
    16 Johnson, Tyler SG6-318605/07/19925Fresno State
    8 Kaminsky, Frank PF7-023104/04/19934Wisconsin
    0 Lecque, Jalen PG6-319006/13/20000No College
    2 Okobo, Elie SF6-319010/23/19971No College
    3 Oubre Jr., Kelly SF6-720312/09/19954Kansas
    11 Rubio, Ricky PG6-318010/21/19908No College
    20 Saric, Dario PF6-1021604/08/19943No College