Suns’ Future Odds Take a Hit As Booker Sidelined with Hamstring Injury

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  • Phoenix Suns futures odds falter with possible Devin Booker absence.
  • Booker is not expected to play in Games 3 and 4 of the Suns’ first round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • The Suns guard suffered a mild hamstring strain during the third quarter of Game 2.

Bad news for the Phoenix Suns as superstar guard Devin Booker has suffered a mild hamstring strain and isn’t expected to play in Games 3 and 4 of the Suns’ first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Booker was having a fantastic Game 2 when he appeared to have tweaked his right hamstring while trying to challenge a shot from Jaxson Hayes. Booker left the game and did not return. D-Book had an MRI the following morning and it was revealed that he suffered the injury. The injury isn’t a major one but considering that Booker has dealt with hamstring issues during the previous two seasons, the Suns are erring on the side of caution with this one.

Suns Odds Shift

Booker’s probable absence in the next two games of the series has caused a shift in the Suns’ futures odds across the different betting markets. At PointsBet USA, Phoenix’s odds to win their first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans have dropped from -400 to -325. The Suns’ odds to win the Western Conference moved from +125 to +140 while their title odds faded from +275 to +325. Although that’s still the shortest odds in the PointsBet title odds board, the Golden State Warriors are very close to them at +350.

Phoenix’s championship odds have also dropped to +325 at Bet365 USA and Unibet with the Dubs chasing them at +365. They are also at +325 at Caesars Sportsbook but Golden State is at +375 there. The Suns are also now listed at +320 via BetMGM and Borgata Online with the Warriors listed at +360 at both betting sites.

So far, only the FD Sportsbook has made a drastic move by moving the Suns down to second favorites at +360 while allowing the Golden State to assume betting favorite status at +350. But if Booker indeed misses both Games 3 and 4, look for the other top NBA betting sites to follow.

Suns 8-6 Without Booker This Season

While the Suns have plenty of firepower on their team, Booker is still the most valuable piece of the team. Phoenix was 11-6 without Chris Paul but they were 8-6 SU without Devin Booker, although that included two games in the final week of the regular season where everyone else rested. Going back further, the Suns are 11-8 SU without Devin Booker since the start of the 2020-21 season. Although that’s still a winning record at .579, that’s far off the.770 winning percentage they have during the last three seasons when Booker plays.

For the season Booker is averaging 26.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game this season while shooting 46.65% from the field and 38.3% from deep. But more than the individual numbers, the Phoenix offense has +9.7 points per 100 possessions with Booker on the floor while the Suns had a record of 56-12 with him playing.

Game 3 of the series shifts to New Orleans on Friday and the game opened as a pick’em at the best NBA betting sites with Phoenix just a -1 point spread favorite. The Suns are also just a -124 Moneyline betting favorite at the BetOnline App. With the Pelicans smelling blood, the Suns are in for a tough next two games at the Smoothie King Center.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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