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Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns - 4/1/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns (19-58) at Golden State Warriors (55-21)
Date & Time Sunday April 1, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Golden State Warriors -14.5 -- Over/Under: 215
TV Channel
FSAZ, CSNB
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NBA | Phoenix Suns (19-58) at Golden State Warriors (55-21)
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The Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors meet Sunday in NBA action at the Oracle Arena.

The Phoenix Suns are still looking for their first victory since February 28. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 103.8 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.9 points and 4.7 assists while Elfrid Payton is averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 assists. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have just one road victory since the beginning of February.  

The Golden State Warriors look for another victory here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 113.9 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.7 points and 2.7 assists. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and Quinn Cook is dishing 2.2 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last five home games.

The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific. The Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 10-21 ATS in the last 31 meetings in Golden State, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns aren't coming close to victories this season, as they've pretty much sat their top players the rest of the season, are being outscored by 10.4 points in their last five games and 9.3 points on the road all season. The Golden State Warriors are getting Durant, Draymond and Klay back, so they're as close to full strength as they're going to get until Steph returns. This game is all about motivation. If the Warriors mess around for 48 minutes and don't take it seriously, this could be closer than expected. If not, the Warriors could score 150 points and win by 30. I don't play big chalk personally, but this is a likely blowout based on the Suns play all year.

Pick:
Golden State Warriors -14.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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