Phoenix Suns: Predicting Every Game of the 2021-22 Season

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Phoenix Suns Season Predictions: April

April 1 at Memphis Grizzlies: Loss

Likely playing for a postseason spot at this time, the Grizzlies enter this one with more to play for than the Suns. This desperation pushes them to grab every loose ball or tipped pass at home, leading to an all too appropriate gritty win for Memphis.

April 3 at Oklahoma City Thunder: Win

The Suns enjoy one final beatdown against a lottery-bound team. The Thunder fight hard but with nothing to show for it based on their lacking skilfulness as a team.

April 5 vs Los Angeles Lakers: Win

Yes, Los Angeles’s age will come back to hurt them. It does so here, with the Suns taking down the either load-managing or injured Lakers to win an incredibly important season series at 3-1.

April 6 at Los Angeles Clippers: Loss

A back-to-back against the Lakers and Clippers is absolutely brutal. The Suns understandably drop this one, but it thankfully carries less importance than their contest against the Lakers with the Clippers likely a couple games still below them for playoff seeding.

April 8 at Utah Jazz: Loss

The Jazz even this season series up at home. Potentially needing a few more wins to improve their playoff positioning, they turn to Donovan Mitchell. Being one of the more clutch players in the league, he delivers with a masterful performance which the Suns cannot contain.

April 10 vs Sacramento Kings: Win

The Suns close out their regular season with a victory. The Kings might step into this one trying to earn a playoff spot, but even if they do, that added motivation will not be enough to knock off the far more talented Suns on their own home floor.

Phoenix Suns Final Regular Season Prediction: 57-25

For reference, this record would place Phoenix as the third-seeded Western Conference team based on last year’s standings, behind their own 2020-21 team and the Utah Jazz.

It might feel like a less exciting projection considering how it argues that the Suns will own a lower winning percentage than last year. But that could not be further from the truth.

Either due to some free agency acquisitions or the continued development of their young players, every team outside the San Antonio Spurs will likely be better this coming season than they were the last. From a general standpoint, the Eastern Conference improved as well, with teams like the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards no longer set to gift the Suns two easy victories each next season.

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The league just looks far less top heavy now, meaning that the Suns (and every other contender) might run into a few more losses than their past teams did.

So make no mistake about it, the Suns still mean business. This projection still puts them above their 51.5 over/under win total, exceeding expectations once again.