Despite the final result, both Suns fans and staff were delighted with the team’s performance in the postseason opener.

Suns Fans, Staff Delight In Postseason Opener Despite Final Result
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Downtown Phoenix was filled with purple-and-orange sports fans on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. as they packed into the FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona retail facility at Footprint Center.

The early-arriving crowd came to the in-arena sportsbook of a New York-based operator before Game 1 between the Phoenix Suns and L.A. Clippers to place bets and avoid the rush of people, all just a few steps from the entrance.

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Peter and Leo Hass, a father and son duo who have lived in the Valley for over 18 years, were among the patrons at the retail sports betting venue, making their first visit to the establishment with its large televisions.

The elder Hass family member observed a significant difference between Sunday’s Game 1 and their previous Suns playoff game in 2010 against the Trail Blazers, pointing to the impact of Arizona sports betting and the accessibility of FanDuel’s on-site casinos at Suns games.

Peter expressed to his fascination with the evolution of sports, particularly noting the significant shift from a decade ago when sports betting was completely forbidden. He believes that the increasing presence of sports betting in NBA arenas has had a positive impact on fans, enriching their connection to the game.

Unfortunately, Phoenix supporters were left feeling let down as the Suns were defeated in their first playoff game, falling short 115-110 against the L.A. Clippers on Sunday. The teams will have a rematch in Game 2 at the Footprint Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m., with the game being broadcast on TNT.

Despite their loss in Game 1, the Suns are still expected to win by 7.5 points in Tuesday’s NBA betting matchup in Arizona.

A Full Day of Excitement in Downtown Phoenix

The excitement level among Suns staff members, including second-year security guard Jeremie Nelson, has reached new heights inside Footprint Center.

The increase in energy can be mainly credited to the acquisition of All-NBA forward Kevin Durant during the middle of the season. Since joining in February, Durant has greatly enhanced the Suns’ potential for winning a championship, resulting in heightened enthusiasm among fans utilizing Arizona sports betting apps.

Nelson told that the atmosphere during game nights has been outstanding ever since Durant became a part of the team.

He pinpointed the exact game that was meant to be Durant’s debut against Oklahoma City at home, but an unfortunate pregame mishap led to an ankle injury that kept him out of action for more than three weeks.

Nelson recounted how, for 40 minutes leading up to the game, the only sound that filled the arena was the relentless chants of “K.D.,” drowning out all other noise. This shift in atmosphere clearly reflects the impact of Durant’s presence on the team.

Nelson suggested that Suns fans should invest in pricier postseason tickets and place bets before the game concludes.

One of the primary reasons to savor the present moment is the unique chance to see three stars such as Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Durant sharing the court, as these opportunities are few and far between. Fans should value their time playing together before they go their separate ways.

Nelson urged fans to buy tickets, confident in the team’s upcoming success. He stressed that supporters have faith in the team’s abilities. For those who have never been to a Suns game, Nelson pointed out standout players like Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant. Witnessing them play as a team would provide a special and lasting memory.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona, has been appointed as the lead writer at His background includes roles at, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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