Coming off a 21-61 season, the NBA's worst record in 2017-18, it's no surprise that oddsmakers believe the Suns will struggle once again in 2018-19.
But after selecting Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and locking up Devin Booker to a long-term contract, some Suns fans might be surprised their team isn't getting a tad more respect from oddsmakers.
Indeed, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has projected the Suns will win 28.5 games in the upcoming season -- a 7.5-game improvement from last year but still the fourth-worst projected win total in the NBA. To be fair, 28 or 29 wins would be the most the Suns have had in a season since 2014-15; they haven't won more than 24 games in any of the last three seasons.
The Atlanta Hawks (23.5 wins), Sacramento Kings (25.5) and Chicago Bulls (27.5) are the only teams projected to have fewer victories next season.
Unsurprisingly, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors are projected to win the most games next season (62.5). The Boston Celtics are at 57.5, while the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are all at 54.5. The Los Angeles Lakers, who added LeBron James in the offseason, are projected to win 48.5 games next season.
Vegas just doesn't seem to care for Arizona teams in general: The Cardinals have been given the worst odds among all 32 NFL teams to advance to the playoffs in the upcoming season.
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