Suns Lose Chris Paul to Injury, Title Odds Jumble
Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns.
The Phoenix Suns‘ second half of the season could be challenging, as point guard Chris Paul was ruled out 6-8 weeks with a right thumb avulsion fracture.
Right now, the two are co-favorites, followed by Brooklyn (+600), Milwaukee (+650) and Philadelphia (+750).
The CP3 news was disclosed just prior to Sunday’s All-Star Game, a showcase in which Paul was named to for the 12th time.
Paul sustained the injury on Feb. 16 against Houston, when he fired a pass to center DeAndre Ayton and jammed his hand on Rockets’ Jay’Sean Tate.
The veteran point’s averaging a double-double this season to the tune of 14.9 points and 10.7 assists per game.
The Suns — who finished runner-up to the Bucks last year — have the best record in the NBA entering the break. They’re also sitting pretty in the West, with a 6.5-game cushion on the Dubs.
Paul has had a laundry list of injuries recently, including stints on the sideline in both 2016 and ’17.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old inked a four-year extension with the team last August.
Prior to the All-Star Game, Paul was honored with the first-ever Kobe and Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, for significant contributions to the advancements of women’s basketball.
Phoenix’ 55.2% cover rate in 2021-22 is tied for the seventh-best mark in basketball. Since the start of last season, only the Grizzlies have been better against the spread than the Suns (87-64-1, 57.6%).