Battle Of West’s Best: Suns-Warriors Set For Early Season Matchup Of Top NBA Teams

Written By C.J. Pierre on November 30, 2021 - Last Updated on January 30, 2023
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We are about a quarter of the way through the NBA season. There have already been plenty of amazing highlight dunks and fantastic finishes. However, Tuesday could give us a glimpse into the future with the Phoenix Suns set to host the Golden State Warriors.

It is a matchup of the two teams with the best records in the league and could be a preview of this year’s Western Conference Finals. Both teams are playing at a high level despite dealing with injuries to key players.

Folks in Arizona are still coming down from the high of seeing their hometown Suns team make a run to the NBA Finals last season. But Golden State could be standing in the way of back-to-back Finals appearances for Phoenix.

Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns: AZ betting preview

Heading into Tuesday night’s game, sports betting sites in Arizona view the Suns the favorites at . Meaning, oddsmakers expect a close game, maybe even an instant classic. Both teams are playing great basketball right now, creating a perfect matchup for primetime on NBA on TNT.

The over/under is set at points. So we could be in for a fun, fast-paced shootout.

Sneak peak of NBA Western Conference Finals?

Tuesday night’s matchup will feature two teams near the top of the list of favorites to represent the West in the NBA Finals. Right now you can find Phoenix Suns betting odds at to win the conference. Meanwhile, Golden State is at .

After starting the season 1-3, Phoenix is playing as hot as the actual sun. The team has won 16 games in a row. They are only one win away from matching the franchise’s record 17-game winning streak set in 2006-2007. Devin Booker is playing lights out and leads the Suns in scoring with 23.9 points per game. At the same time, veteran Chris Paul leads the squad with 10.1 assists per contest.

The Suns welcome in a Warriors team that appears to be on a mission to recapture the same mojo that led them to five straight Finals appearances between 2015 and 2019 that included a run of three championships in four years. Stephen Curry is currently the runaway favorite to win league MVP with odds at . He is tied for the league lead in scoring, putting up 28.6 points per game while averaging 5.5 made threes.

Phoenix looks to keep pace with Warriors in West

Both Phoenix and Golden State have some key pieces that are missing due to injuries. But one player Suns fans should be happy they will not see Tuesday night is Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson.

It has been over two years since Thompson has played in an NBA game. He tore his ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, which has forced him to miss a year of action. However, as he was ramping up to prepare for the 2020-2021 season, he suffered an Achilles tendon injury. That put him on the shelf for at least another year.

Thompson has recently started taking part in full practices and hopes to officially make his comeback in the coming weeks. The Warriors have assigned Thompson and last year’s first-round pick James Wiseman (meniscus) to their G League affiliate. The goal is to have both players get practice time at that level while continuing their respective rehabilitation programs.

The reunion of Splash Brothers Thompson and Curry could spell trouble for not only the Phoenix Suns but also the entire NBA.

If Phoenix wants to keep pace with Golden State, a win on Tuesday in front of a wild home crowd at the Footprint Center would be a big help.

Golden State Warriors (18-2) at Phoenix Suns (17-3)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
Time: 8:00 p.m. MST
Location: Footprint Center – Phoenix, Arizona
TV Coverage: TNT

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CJ Pierre is a multimedia journalist currently residing in the Phoenix-Metro Area in Arizona. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. CJ has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career. Most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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