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2023 NBA Handicapping – Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns
(52-27) Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (44-35)
Date: Thursday, April 6th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Moneyline NBA Odds: Nuggets +245 | Suns -265 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -6.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: OFF, see score prediction below
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As can be seen, both teams last played on Tuesday with the Nuggets losing to the Rockets 103-124 while the Suns beat the Spurs 115-94.
The Nuggets are 42-36-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 18-21 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Suns are 41-36-2 against the spread this season. Also, they are 21-17-1 ATS as the home team.
Thursday, April 6th, finds the Denver Nuggets playing the Phoenix Suns for the fourth and final time this season. Denver leads the series 2-1 with wins on December 25th in overtime (128-125), and January 11th (126-97), while the Suns won on March 31st (100-93).
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 101 of their 188 matches.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Wednesday, April 5th. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Thursday, April 6th.
Nikola Jokic returned to the court after taking three games off to rest his achy calf and the rust was evident.
The MVP candidate wasn’t sharp from the field but more noticeable was his ball-handling timing was slightly off which led to an uncharacteristic eight turnovers and a season-worst minus -21.
Despite the embarrassing loss to the Rockets, Denver clinched the Western Conference top seed by virtue of the Grizzlies’ loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.
On the positive side, Denver possesses one of the two best offenses in the league highlighted by scoring 115.9 points per game ranking 12th. Denver is shooting the best field goal percentage of 50.5% and the second-best perimeter efficiency of 38.1%.
As the Nuggets close out their schedule they’ve vacillated particularly on defense depending on who plays and their focus. Denver allows opponents to score 112.5 points per game which ranks eighth while limiting foes to 47.8% from the field and 34.4% from deep ranking 20th and second respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Nikola Jokic C (questionable—right calf tightness)
- Jamal Murray PG (questionable —thumb sprain)
- Zeke Nnaji (questionable —knee sprain)
- Collin Gillespie PG (OUT—leg fracture)
As the last week of the season wraps up the Suns have the longest active winning streak (six games) and have yet to lose (7-0) when Kevin Durant plays.
Phoenix enters this match currently sitting in fourth place with no chance of catching the Kings. The Clippers moved past the Warriors into fifth following a much-needed win versus the Lakers and trail the Suns by 1.5 games.
If the teams stay in their current positions the Suns and Clippers would face each other in the first round.
Phoenix averages 113.7 points per game ranking 17th while shooting 46.8% from the field and 37.5% from the perimeter ranking 22nd and seventh overall.
Defensively opponents score 111.3 points ranking fourth-best. Meanwhile, they limit foes to 46.4% from the field and 35.6% from the perimeter ranking sixth and 12th 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 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against Phoenix.
- Also, the Nuggets are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix.
- By comparison, the Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- Finally, the Suns are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
With the Nuggets clinching the West and just three games left to play Michael Malone will likely rest some of the core or play them significantly fewer minutes.
Still, there may be some chess moves by Malone since these teams could theoretically face each other in the semi-finals. He could rest his two main stars, play them for limited minutes to keep their rhythm sharp, and/or try out some defensive schemes specifically with a playoff series in mind.
Either way, this is probably a win for the Suns and I’ll take them to cover with the presumption Jokic and Murray sit (caveat: if they both play take the points).
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