The Phoenix Suns have had their NBA season-opener on Tuesday night circled since the end of last season. That’s because they face the Dallas Mavericks who absolutely demolished them in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals a year ago. The Suns were the heavy favorite going into that series but Luka Dončić and company pushed the series to a decisive Game 7 where they outscored Phoenix 123-90 on their home floor. The blowout loss was undoubtedly the worst loss the Suns had endured all season. However, they have an opportunity for revenge on Tuesday night when they face Dallas at Footprint Center. Let’s look at a few angles we like when it comes to Mavericks vs Suns betting.
Game: Dallas Mavericks @ Phoenix Suns
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Location: Footprint Center
Suns Want No Drama, Just a Big Win to Open Season
Continuing Our Mavericks vs Suns Betting Preview: The Phoenix Suns have tried to downplay the magnitude of this season-opening game against Dallas, telling the media that it’s just one of the 82 games they’ll play all year and the outcome doesn’t mean as much as everyone wants to think.
The reality is, while that’s exactly what a player or coach is supposed to say, we can guarantee you that Phoenix wants to win this game more than they would ever care to admit. Dallas embarrassed them on their home floor, beating them by 30 at halftime of that Game 7. By the fourth quarter, the Suns had waived the white flag and pulled their starters. Luka Dončić stats in that game were far superior to any Suns player, scoring 35 points to go along with 10 rebounds. We expect the Suns to come out tonight ready to play from the jump. The only problem there is that Phoenix has had its fair share of off-season turmoil that is bound to affect them early in the season.
Game 7 Looms Fresh in Not So distant Memory
In that Game 7 last season, Suns center Deandre Ayton got into a verbal altercation with head coach Monty Williams while he was substituting out of the game. Ayton ended up only playing 17 minutes and only scored five points. According to Ayton, the two didn’t speak all summer. The Suns also decided not to offer Ayton the max extension and instead matched the offer he received from the Indiana Pacers as a restricted free agent. Overall, it doesn’t seem there is much smooth sailing going on between the Suns and Ayton right now.
Jae Crowder is also sitting out to start the season while the Suns look to trade him. Crowder isn’t a player that’s going to put up a ton of numbers every night, be he is their best defender and a strong locker-room guy. He set the tone and intensity for this team all season with the energy and hustle he brought to the game. Without him on the floor, we think the Suns will take a small step back.
Luka Has Nothing to Prove, Mav’s Pick Up From Last Year
On Dallas’ side, making it to the Western Conference Finals last season was not a fluke. They are an extremely talented team with a strong supporting cast for Luka Doncic. The addition of Christian Wood this season will also add another level of scoring inside that they lacked last season. As the team with the best half-court offense in the league a year ago, having a big man to clean up on the boards and force defenders to have to help on him will go a long way in opening up the Mavericks’ offense. Plus, while they’ll miss Jalen Brunson, who went to the New York Knicks in free agency, Spencer Dinwiddie is a player capable of taking over his role.
Overall, with all the issues and personnel changes going on with the Suns organization, we think this Mavericks vs Suns betting line of Suns -5 is a little too high. Phoenix may certainly win this game, but Dallas has the talent and coaching needed to keep this one close. Take the points with the Mavericks and keep it right here all season long for the latest NBA injuries report, as well as the best lines and odds.Follow us on Twitter
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