Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors 12/3/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (12/3/21)
In a short turnaround time, the Phoenix Suns will now head to the Chase Center to face the Golden State Warriors for the second time this week. Tuesday’s matchup was clear-cut: Phoenix outplayed Golden State. The Suns were able to shut down Steph Curry entirely, holding him to merely 12 points on 4-for-21 from the field in 36 minutes of play. This is without a doubt one of the worst shooting performances that Curry has ever had, but Warriors backers should look at this as a positive and potentially double-down for this game. Despite Curry having a terrible night, the Warriors still only lost by eight points, which is surprising, to say the least. What helped the Warriors stay in the game was the massive performance from Jordan Poole, who finished with 28 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals on only 15 shots. That is a busy day for Poole, and Golden State may need him to step up again if the Suns focus all their attention on Curry again. Meanwhile, the Suns are still riding an incredulous 17-game winning streak when I wrote this. If they beat the Pistons, they will have officially set a franchise record.
Chris Paul and Devin Booker have been historically clutch so far this season, and that makes Phoenix a tough team to beat, even when playing on the road. The superstars will decide this game. Both Steph Curry and Devin Booker had awful offensive performances on Tuesday, and the game’s outcome lies in the hands of them. Since these are two of the best defenses in the NBA, scoring will be limited.
Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
All signs point to the Golden State Warriors securing a somewhat comfortable win at home. Right now, the line is at 6.5, which is pretty hefty considering the Warriors lost to the Suns by eight, albeit on the road and with Steph playing terribly. Still, the Warriors take care of business at home, and the odds of Steph having another off night is very slim. I like the Warriors against the spread.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
Channel: NBA League Pass
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Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
Phoenix Suns Analysis
Phoenix can’t seem to lose. The Suns have won 17 straight games and did not lose once in November, an incredibly rare feat in the NBA. The leadership and clutch play of Chris Paul and Devin Booker are huge factors in this; they rank as some of the clutchest shooters in the NBA this season. Additionally, Phoenix ranks in the top five in every offensive category except 3P% (three-point percentage), ranking seventh. The Suns are on a roll, and it is challenging to bet against them based on how they are playing, but all good things must come to an end at some point. If Phoenix beat Golden State by double-digits at home, I would have felt better about taking the Suns against the spread, but they could not do it even with a terrible game from Steph.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Golden State dropped its first game since November 14th when it faced the Suns on Tuesday. Phoenix controlled the fourth quarter to sneak out a win against the Warriors at home. Despite Steph Curry only scoring 12 points on 21 shots, the Warriors were still in the game until the end. An eight-point loss on the road against the second-best team in the NBA with your best player having one of his worst games in years is a pretty scary thought. Even though Mikal Bridges played tremendous defense on Curry, I do not expect him to struggle nearly as much. Curry is one of the greatest offensive players in the game’s history, and nobody has been able to truly stop him consistently. Therefore, I would give the Warriors a slight edge at home, especially since Jordan Poole had a massive game against Phoenix on Tuesday. Points will not be an issue.
Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
Steph Curry has already put together another impressive resume for MVP of the 2021-22 NBA season. Curry averages 27.8 points, 6.6 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.8 steals on a solid 45/41/94 shooting split. Additionally, the Warriors are tied for the best record in the NBA despite not having Klay Thompson or James Wiseman available. There is not another player currently that can take this Warriors team and turn it into one of the best teams in the NBA. Now, Curry will build on his impressive first quarter of the season by having a bounce-back game against the Phoenix Suns. On Tuesday, Phoenix was able to minimize the impact of Curry, allowing him to score only 12 points on 21 shot attempts. There is little-to-no chance that happens again. Curry is bound to explode at home in front of Warriors fans.
Until the first game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Devin Booker had dropped 30+ points in three straight games. There has been a bit of a regression in scoring for Booker in general, but that could largely be attributed to the Suns’ movement on offense. Still, Booker is a legitimate offensive threat and can score 30+ on any night. Despite only having ten points on Tuesday against the Warriors, I don’t feel negative about starting Booker in DFS. I could easily see him putting together one of his best performances of the year as long as Phoenix continues to play at a high level overall.