The performance of the Phoenix Suns in first-round series since 2000.

How Phoenix Suns Have Fared In 1st Round Series Since 2000
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The Phoenix Suns have secured home court advantage for the third consecutive season in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, as they kick off their postseason campaign.

On Sunday, the Suns, seeded fourth, will begin a seven-game series against the L.A. Clippers at Footprint Center.

In the first game, Phoenix is expected to win by 7.5 points according to BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona. The Suns have the third-highest chances of winning the title at +500, with Milwaukee at +275 and Boston at +350 ahead of them.

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In the series, Arizona betting apps are currently offering the Suns at -600 to advance and +300 odds for the series to be won in four games. In this analysis, we will examine the Suns’ performance in their last 10 postseason appearances.

 

The playoff history of the Phoenix Suns from 2000 onwards.

  • In 2022, the team won against New Orleans in six games in the first round, but was ultimately beaten by Dallas in the second round after seven games.
  • During the 2021 season, the team triumphed over the L.A. Lakers in six games in the first round, the Denver Nuggets in four games in the second round, and the L.A. Clippers in six games in the Western Conference Finals. However, their journey ended with a defeat to Milwaukee in six games in the NBA Finals.
  • In 2010, the team won against Portland in six games in the first round, swept San Antonio in four games in the second round, but were ultimately defeated by the L.A. Lakers in six games in the Western Conference Finals.
  • San Antonio defeated us in five games during the first round in 2008.
  • In 2007, the team triumphed over the L.A. Lakers in five games during the first round of the playoffs, only to be defeated by San Antonio in six games in the second round.
  • In 2006, the team triumphed over the L.A. Lakers in a seven-game series in the first round, and then secured a seven-game win against the L.A. Clippers in the second round. However, their journey came to an end when they were beaten by Dallas in the Western Conference Finals in six games.
  • The team emerged victorious against Memphis in four games in the first round and Dallas in six games in the second round in 2005, but fell short against San Antonio in five games in the Western Conference Finals.
  • In the first round of the 2003 playoffs, they were defeated by San Antonio in six games.
  • In 2001, the team faced a loss to Sacramento in the first round of the playoffs, dropping the series in four games.
  • In 2000, the team swept San Antonio in four games in the first round, but ultimately fell to the L.A. Lakers in five games during the second round.
  • In the NBA Playoffs since 2000, the record is seven wins and three losses in first round series.

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The Suns have shown strength in the first round.

The Suns have shown their consistency in the first round of the NBA playoffs, winning seven out of their last 10 playoff appearances and making them a dependable option for Arizona NBA betting.

Phoenix was defeated in the first round of the playoffs in 2001 (against Sacramento in four games), 2003 (against San Antonio in six games), and 2008 (against San Antonio in five games).

The Suns previously swept their first-round opponents in 2005 when they defeated the Grizzlies.

In the seven seasons the Suns have reached the Western Conference semifinals, they have usually taken 5.4 games to eliminate their first-round opponents.

The Suns split their series against the Clippers this year, winning the first two games (112-95 on Oct. 23 and 111-95 on Dec. 15) and losing the last two (116-107 on Feb. 16 and 119-114 in the season finale on Sunday).

Could Durant be the game-changer for the Suns in the playoffs?

The Suns have a valuable asset in coach Monty Williams this postseason, as he has the advantage of having two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant on his team. Don’t miss out on the chance to bet on this player prop with one of our Arizona sportsbook promotions.

Phoenix went on an undefeated 7-0 streak after adding superstar Durant from Brooklyn in February. Durant chose to sit out the team’s final game against the Clippers in order to rest.

Durant’s health is uncertain as the 16-year forward has been sidelined for 35 regular season games and 10 games since joining Phoenix due to various injuries.

Should Durant continue to stay healthy, his ability to score over 29 points per game with the Suns could lead to a substantial impact.

To surpass the Clippers, the Suns will depend on players such as Durant.

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Peterson Christopher

For more than seven years, Peterson Christopher has been reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona, bringing his expertise from past roles at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He now serves as the lead writer for yengols.com.

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