Phoenix
Suns
Stadium Talking Stick Resort Arena
19-63 Overall | WESTERN 15th
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Pacific Division107.5116.8
Schedule
Preseason
Tue  10/8
vs
Minnesota
10:00pm
Thu  10/10
@
Sacramento
10:00pm
Sat  10/12
@
Portland
8:00pm
Mon  10/14
vs
Denver
10:00pm
Regular season
Wed  10/23
vs
Sacramento
10:00pm
Fri  10/25
@
Denver
9:00pm
Sat  10/26
vs
Los Angeles
NBAt10:00pm
Mon  10/28
vs
Utah
10:00pm
Wed  10/30
@
Golden State
10:30pm
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 game-by-game odds projected record was 22.4-59.6. 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 45% 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
22 Ayton, Deandre C7-125007/23/19981Arizona
46 Baynes, Aron C6-1026012/09/19867Washington State
1 Booker, Devin SF6-621010/30/19964Kentucky
25 Bridges, Mikal SF6-721008/30/19961Villanova
4 Carter, Jevon PG6-219509/14/19951West Virginia
14 Diallo, Cheick PF6-922009/13/19963Kansas
10 Jerome, Ty PG6-519507/08/19970Virginia
23 Johnson, Cameron SF6-920503/03/19960Pittsburgh; North Carolina
16 Johnson, Tyler SG6-419005/07/19925Fresno State
8 Kaminsky, Frank PF7-024004/04/19934Wisconsin
0 Lecque, Jalen PG6-418506/03/20000No College
2 Okobo, Elie SF6-319010/23/19971No College
3 Oubre Jr., Kelly SF6-720512/09/19954Kansas
11 Rubio, Ricky PG6-419010/21/19908No College
20 Saric, Dario PF6-1022504/08/19943No College