Phoenix Suns Record Worst Opening Loss In NBA History
If you thought you were having a bad night, it’s probably nothing compared to the Phoenix Suns who on Wednesday recorded the heaviest season-opening loss in the history of the NBA.
The Trail Blazers walked away from Talking Stick Resort Arena with a 124-76 win, embarrassing the Suns at home in front of thousands of fans. It was a blowout to say the least.
Adding insult to injury, the Blazers were without 1/3 of their “Big 3” – star shooting guard C.J. McCollum who was out due to suspension.
The 48-point loss topped the previous record set for an opening night defeat. The Denver Nuggets won 139-93 over the Los Angeles Clippers during their opener in 1987, a 46-point defeat that has now been topped.
So, how did this happen? Not even the Suns’ star shooter Devin Booker – who on his own scored 70 points in a game last year - had an exact answer. He had the following reply when asked after the humiliating loss:
“That’s a great question. We just got our asses kicked from the beginning to the end.”
The general consensus is that the Suns really never had a fighting chance from the opening tipoff. At one point the Suns and Trail Blazers were tied at 17, and then the next moment the Blazers pushed forward with a 58-point lead. Between the third quarter and the fourth quarter, Portland outscored Phoenix 64-41.
"Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could," stated head coach Earl Watson. "They didn't have no sympathy."
The loss was devastating to players, but also to anyone that had bet on the Phoenix Suns. Bovada Sportsbook had the Suns as 3-point underdogs, which means that Phoenix is now 0-1 ATS this season.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns betting odds will be on the betting boards within the next day or two, and having the biggest opening loss in NBA history will factor into where the line is set. In their last meeting, the Lakers won 122-110. The Lakers are underdogs in their Thursday night opener against the Clippers, but if they cause an upset you can expect the team to be favored when they head to Phoenix. Either way, SportsBettingArizona.com knows the Suns definitely have something to prove on Friday night.