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Suns NBA Title Odds Improve to +650 After Beal Trade

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in NBA Basketball

Updated Jun 19, 2023 · 8:49 AM PDT

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Mar 2, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts on the court against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Phoenix Suns acquired Wizards’ wingman Bradley Beal in a trade Sunday
  • Phoenix’s trade lifts them to +650 in the latest NBA title odds
  • Read below for the breakdown of the Beal move, and if they’re worth a title bet

The Denver Nuggets are early into their NBA hangover summer after claiming their first title and already there’s a challenger building their roster to dethrone them out West.

That’s after the Phoenix Suns went big-game fishing again, landing all-star guard Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards.

While the deal is being finalized, it’s expected that Chris Paul, Landry Shamet a pile of second-round picks and some first-round pick swaps are headed the other way.

Not surprisingly, the Suns’ 2024 NBA Championship odds have improved.

2024 NBA Championship Odds

Team Odds
Denver Nuggets +475
Boston Celtics +550
Phoenix Suns +650
Milwaukee Bucks +700
Los Angeles Lakers +1200
Golden State Warriors +1300
Philadelphia 76ers +1300
Miami Heat +1600
Los Angeles Clippers +1800
Dallas Mavericks +2000
Memphis Grizzlies +2200
Cleveland Cavaliers +2500
New Orleans Pelicans +3500
Sacramento Kings +5000
New York Knicks +5000
Atlanta Hawks +6000
Minnesota Timberwolves +7000
Toronto Raptors +8000
Brooklyn Nets +9000
OKC Thunder +10000
Portland Trail Blazers +12000
Chicago Bulls +15000
San Antonio Spurs +20000
Washington Wizards +30000
Utah Jazz +30000
Indiana Pacers +30000
Orlando Magic +30000
Houston Rockets +35000
Detroit Pistons +50000
Charlotte Hornets +50000

Following the news of the trade on Father’s Day, the Suns have jumped into the third-best odds at +650. They’re looking up at the Nuggets (+475) and the Celtics (+550), while bumping the Bucks to fourth (+700).

Odds as of June 18, 2023, at DraftKings. Claim the DraftKings promo code to bet on the NBA.


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Beal Creates New Big Three

New Suns’ owner Mat Ishbia isn’t messing around. Shortly after completing the purchase of the franchise, he was the driving force in a trade deadline deal that landed Kevin Durant.

After getting bounced by the Nuggets in the second round, they’re taking another big swing with Beal, hoping he, KD and Devin Booker can unleash hell on the league as Phoenix seeks its first franchise chip.

Beal has played all 11 seasons of his career with the Wiz, and he’s a capable swing man that’s adept at running off screens for jumpers or running offense with the ball in his hands.

Last year, he put up 23.2 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds on 50.6% shooting  from the field and 36.5% from three-point range.

This will be the most talented collection of teammates he’ll have had in his career, and finding a way to make it all work with cohesion will be key.

Durant is coming off a year where he averaged 29.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 56% shooting, and Booker averaged 27.1, with 4.5 boards and 5.5 dimes, shooting 49.4% from the field.

Health, Roster Construction A Concern

The 29-year-old Beal has not been able to play more than 60 games in each of the last four seasons, as he’s battled a myriad of injuries. Last year, he was shut down the stretch with a knee injury.

After playing back-to-back 82-game seasons, Beal has gone on to miss 121 games over the last four. KD hasn’t been durable either: he’s yet to cross 55 games played in the last three years as he’s been hampered with leg injuries since coming off that ACL tear in 2019.

As for Booker, after missing just six games across his first two seasons, he’s hit the 70-game played plateau just once in the next seven seasons.

On top of that, Phoenix was dismantled by a Denver team that was deeper across the board. Beal is a big-name addition, but how the rest of the roster is constructed will be key to see if the Suns are legit.

The only real asset left is Deandre Ayton. If they are able to turn him into two or three useful rotational players, and hit on a few veteran minimum signings, the Suns could be something special.


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Are the Suns Worth A Wager?

I’d never tell you not to bet on the Suns — we know nothing about the rest of the roster, but with those three at the starting point, they’re already a top-3 title pick.

However, there are points of caution before penciling them in to win it all. Part of that is Beal, who, in his 11 seasons in Chocolate City went to the playoffs five times, and played on teams with winning record just four seasons.

However, for a league that’s usually gun shy about going all-in, the Suns are maximizing the prime years they have left in Durant.

I’d monitor how they proceed to build the rest of the lineup, including finding a big man rotation that can hold their own against the Nikola Jokic and Anthony Davis types.

If they can do that, perhaps they can contend. Otherwise, we’re in Denver’s title window, and it’s wide open.

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