HomeArizona Sports Betting NewsWhat to Bet on in Arizona this Week (January 2023, Week 3)

What to Bet on in Arizona this Week (January 2023, Week 3)

Arizona sports bettors have a tremendous opportunity to wager on several instate NBA, NHL, and college basketball contests in January 2023. Sports betting analyst Phil Naessens shares a betting tip for each game the major Arizona-based teams are slated for this week (January 16-22). 

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Phoenix Suns

Phoenix would miss the playoffs if the NBA playoffs were to begin today. They are 11th in the Western Conference and have dropped eight of their last 10 matchups. Chris Paul and Devin Booker have missed a combined 33 games due to injury. Booker will likely miss all four of the tough of their games this week. To find the best odds on Phoenix Suns, check out our full list of AZ sportsbooks.

Monday, January 16: Phoenix heads to Memphis for a 6:00 pm game with the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies. Paul has been ruled out for this matchup against an in form Grizzlies-Memphis has won nine-straight and should cover the spread against the injury-riddled Suns minus Booker and Paul.

Thursday, January 19: Phoenix opens a five-game homestand beginning with a 10:00 pm contest the 27-15 Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn is the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference and begins the week hoping to end a two-game losing streak. The Nets will be without Kevin Durant but are 12-10 ATS as the away team. Phoenix will have a distinct advantage on the glass-the Suns are 11-10 ATS and 14-7 SU at home and could pull off the upset if Paul suits up.

Saturday, January 21: Eastern Conference 8th-seed Indiana Pacers roll into town for a 9:00 pm matchup. Indiana begins the week looking to end a three-game losing streak but is 11-9 ATS as the away team. Indiana leading scorer Tyrese Haliburton will miss this one, and Phoenix could win this contest SU as the Pacers allow the 21st most points per game this season.

Sunday, January 22: Phoenix ends the week the same way it began–a matchup with the Grizzlies. The Suns are 1-5 ATS on no days rest, and Ja Morant and Memphis will look to improve upon their 8-12-1 ATS away record. Morant is a +3000 favorite to win the NBA MVP award, and this will be a good game for him to increase his chances as the Suns will likely rest Paul.

Phoenix Coyotes

If the NHL playoffs were to begin today, at 13-25-5, the Phoenix Coyotes would miss the playoffs. Arizona opponents have outscored the Coyotes by 43 goals and start the week hoping to end a nine-game losing streak, and they have four tough contests this week.

Tuesday, January 17: The 18-16-7 Detroit Red Wings arrive in town for a 9:00 pm tilt. Detroit is -182 away favorite, and there’s no reason to believe Phoenix will win this game–the Coyotes have a winning home record, but Detroit is the more disciplined side with the better goaltending and power play. Phoenix is 5th in penalty minutes with a below-average penalty kill, and Detroit is the play on Tuesday.

Thursday, January 19: Phoenix welcomes the 23-16-6 Washington Capitals to the Mullett Arena. Washington starts the week looking to end a two-game losing skid, and Thursday will be the Capitals’ 3rd game in four nights. Phoenix has a great chance to pull off the win–Washington is 10-9-1-2 as the away side and might be gassed against the fresher Phoenix side.

Saturday, January 21: The Coyotes head to Dallas for a Central Division matchup with the Stars. Phoenix is 1-5-1 against their Central Division rivals–Dallas is 8-2-3 against the rest of the division, and 12-5-3 at home this season. Stars forward Roope Hinz missed the past three games heading into the week, and Dallas is 1-2 without their 2nd leading scorer. Saturday marks the Stars’ 3rd game in four nights, and we should look for a low-scoring affair Saturday.

Sunday, January 22: Phoenix returns to the Mullett Center for a matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights. Sunday marks the 3rd game in four nights for Phoenix, and the Golden Knights are 2nd in the Western Conference standings with a 15-3-2 away record. The Coyotes don’t have the depth to beat Vegas on fresh legs, let alone on its 3rd game in four nights.

Arizona Wildcats

No. 9 ranked Arizona is 15-3 this season, but 4-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. Week 10 is an important week for Arizona – the Wildcats have dropped two of their last three and have a pair of challenging conference home games this week with USC and No. 7 ranked UCLA.

Thursday, January 19: Arizona hosts a USC side with a 3-1 ATS as the away team and could be as many as seven-point road underdogs when the two squads tangle at 9:00 pm. The Wildcats should win this game, but they are a concerning 3-6-1 ATS at McKale Memorial Center this season. USC has a good defense, and their mediocre offense is good enough to score against a bad Wildcats defense. The total should be around 157 points, but they’ll have a difficult time reaching that number–consider the Under in this matchup.

The Wildcats welcome the No. 7 UCLA Bruins, and this should be a tremendous Pac-12 battle. UCLA begins the week with a 13-game winning streak and is 4-0 SU on the road. UCLA boasts the 4th ranked defense in the country with the 6th-best turnover percentage, and Arizona may need help to reach its 84.8-point average. The total should be around 153 points, and the Under may be the best play for Saturday.

Arizona State Sun Devils

Arizona State is 15-3 on the season but 6-1 in the Pac-12 and is riding a four-game winning streak heading into Week 10. The Sun Devils have an important week ahead and host the No. 7 UCLA and USC this week.

Thursday, January 19: Arizona State will likely be five-point home underdogs when they host UCLA. This should be a tight one–UCLA has a top-five defense facing a top-35 Arizona State defensive squad, and the total should be about 134 points. The Sun Devils are more experienced, with a slight height advantage, but that won’t be enough against the better-shooting Bruins. Look for a low-scoring night; the Under is an excellent place to start when looking for an edge.

Saturday, January 21: The Sun Devils could be as much as four-point favorites Saturday when they host USC. The Trojans are a solid 3-1 ATS as the away side, and their strength is their defense; this game should have a total no higher than 139 points. ASU has a distinct rebounding edge but is 4-5-1 ATS at home. The Sun Devils should win what should amount to a close, low-scoring contest, and the Under will likely be the best bet for Saturday.

Grand Canyon Lopes

The Grand Canyon Lopes compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and are 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the WAC. The Lopes head into Week 10, having dropped two of their last three but have a good chance to get right with a pair of winnable home contests.

Wednesday, January 18: Grand Canyon hosts Utah Tech Wednesday night in a contest the Lopes should win by at least seven points. Utah Tech is young, has a high turnover rate, and doesn’t play good enough defense to slow down a Lopes offense scoring 72 points per game. Grand Canyon has a distinct edge in experience–the Lopes is the better rebounding and free-throw shooting side with a higher assist-to-turnover ratio. The total should be 140 points; Under is where you’ll likely find the value.

Saturday, January 21: The Lopes host the 14-5 Utah Valley Wolverines Saturday at 8:00 pm. The Wolverines are 2nd in the WAC, 7-2 ATS as the away side, and will likely be the underdog in what should be a total of 136 points. Grand Canyon is 5-4 ATS at home this season, but the Wolverines are the better passing and shooting side. Expect Grand Canyon to win this game SU, but they likely won’t cover a spread of 4+ points.

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