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2023 NBA Handicapping – Nuggets vs. Phoenix
(51-25) Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (41-35)
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Moneyline NBA Odds: Nuggets +280 | Suns -320 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -7.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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As can be seen, the Nuggets are completing a back-to-back set having lost 88-197 to the Pelicans on Thursday while the Suns last played Wednesday defeating the Wolves 100-107 on Wednesday.
The Nuggets are 40-34-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 17-20 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Suns are 39-35-2 against the spread this season. Also, they are 20-16-1 ATS as the home team.
Friday, March 31st, finds the Denver Nuggets playing the Phoenix Suns for the third of four scheduled meetings this season. Denver is up 2-0 in the season series with victories on December 25th (128-125) in overtime and January 11th (126-97) with the final meeting in Phoenix on April 6th.
Last season the clubs played three times with Phoenix winning two of the three contests. The Suns hold the all-time record having bested the Nuggets in 100 of their 187 matches.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Thursday, March 30th. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Friday, March 31st.
Tim Bontemps’ third and latest straw poll for MVP has Joel Embiid slightly ahead of Nikola Jokic despite fewer first-place votes.
Ironically, voters made their selections on the same night Joel sat in Denver after playing a back-to-back in the two matches prior and also suited up for the next game.
Embiid covets the award and frequently throws shade at his main challenger (Jokic) but it’s unimaginable he would sit to avoid the Joker when playing and winning would’ve likely cemented him winning the award.
On the positive side, Denver possesses one of the two best offenses in the league highlighted by scoring 116.9 points per game ranking ninth. Denver is shooting the best field goal percentage of 50.8% as well as the second-best perimeter efficiency of 38.6%.
The Nuggets also rebounded defensively after a minor stumble, with them allowing opponents to score 112.6 points per game which ranks 10th while limiting foes to 48.1% from the field and 34.6% from deep ranking 20th and third respectively
- Nikola Jokic, C (questionable —calf)
- Zeke Nnaji PF (upgraded to probable on Saturday—shoulder)
- Collin Gillespie PG (OUT—leg fracture)
Kevin Durant made his Footprint Center debut giving Suns fans a taste of their new superstar up close. Not surprisingly he was a bit rusty shooting 5 of 18 from the field for 16 points in 29 minutes.
More importantly, Phoenix got the win with KD’s presence changing the dynamic on the court with ripple effects like Deandre Ayton, CP3, and Devin Booker each benefiting from his presence with more open shots.
Phoenix averages 113.6 points per game ranking 21st while shooting 46.7% from the field and 38.3% from the perimeter ranking 22nd and fifth overall.
Defensively opponents score 111.7 points ranking fifth-best. Meanwhile, they limit foes to 46.7% from the field and 37.6% from the perimeter ranking sixth and eighth respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- No injuries reported.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Betting Trends:
- At this point, the Nuggets are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games.
- Also, the Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against Phoenix.
- By comparison, the Suns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games.
- Finally, the Suns are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games played in March.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Jokic is listed as questionable again with a sore calf — but, more, so he can rest. They have six games remaining and are up three on the Grizz.
Phoenix on the other hand is fighting to retain the fourth seed and needs to rediscover their cohesion now that KD is back.
The Suns have the rest advantage but if Jokic plays I like the points and the upset.
4* Free Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets +7.5
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