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2021 NBA Handicapping
(7-7) Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (8-5)
Date: Saturday, January 23rd
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets -100 | Suns -110
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -1
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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The Deniver Nuggets won in overtime Friday versus the Phoenix Suns as the teams face each other again 24 hours later to complete their back-to-back set.
The Phoenix Suns hold the all-time record between the squads with 98 victories in 181 meetings. Last season these clubs played four times with the Nuggets sweeping the regular-season series while each team has won once this season.
After a rough 3-5 start to the 2020-21 campaign the Nuggets seem to have found their stride in the last seven games with 5 wins. They moved above .500 for the first time this season.
The Nuggets witnessed the return of Michael Porter Jr. who missed ten consecutive games while dealing with COVID-19. He played a reserve role collecting seven points and six rebounds in his 20 minutes.
Nikola Jokic flirted with another triple-double but settled for his 15th consecutive double-double of 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Notably, Jokic is following in the path of what LeBron James did last season with assist as Jokic ranks second in the league dishing 9.9 per game.
All five Nuggets starters as well as Monte Morris (17) registered double-figure scoring. Gary Harris (19), Jamal Murray (18), Will Barton (17) and Paul Millsap (12) worked to deliver that balanced scoring effort.
Greg Whittington is had left knee surgery that will keep him off the court until early March.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Suns got out to a blistering 6-1 start but have since gone 2-4.
A key problem is the Suns defense has regressed. While the rank 12th on the season in the past two weeks they’ve fallen off ranking 26th in this time frame.
The other issue is finding some sort of cohesion within the starting rotation with the frontcourt in particular struggling. Monty Williams swiitched out Jae Crowder in favor of Mikal Bridges.
That choice is paying dividends as the youngster seems to be on the precipice of becoming a star. He was one of three Suns who registered a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The other two double-double effort came from Deandre Ayton (27 points, 13 rebounds) and Chris Paul (11 points and 15 assists).
Devin Booker led the Suns scoring with 31 points but combined with CP3 to turn over the ball nine times.
Late in the overtime frame, Booker suffered an injury that appeared to be to his hamstring and may result in him missing the game on Saturday.
Dario Saric and Damian Jones missed the Friday match continueing to addres the league health and safety rules. Saric is questionable while Jones is out Saturday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1 in DEN last 8 games as an underdog.
- PHO are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games.
- Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix.
- DEN are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
The Suns early lead versus the Nuggets could be traced to their success from the perimeter. Phoneix was unstoppable in the first half (11 for 25) but Denver’s defense limited them to six 3-pointers (on 19 attempts) in the second half.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets ATS
Conversely, the Suns will need to figure out how to stop the Nuggets from scoring in the paint as they dominated 80-48 in that area.
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