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(14-24) Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets (19-17)
Date: Wednesday January 3
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Phoenix hosts Atlanta on Tuesday night before hitting the road for this game as the second act of the back-to-back.
The Suns were losers in their last game of 2017, 123–110 at home against Philadelphia. Devin Bookers continued his scoring rampage since returning from his groin strain that cost him ten games. He scored 32 on 8-of-22 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. He’s scored exactly 90 points in the three games he’s played in since returning from injury.
TJ Warren also scored 28 points for Phoenix, which lost for the first time all season with Warren getting at least 25 points. He went an efficient 11-for-20 from the field in the loss and finished December averaging 21 points per game.
The Suns have been better than expected on the road this season, at 8–10. And at 14–24, they are just about equidistant from the eight seed and the playoffs in the Western Conference then they are from the bottom, where the Lakers are 11–25.
Denver also finished 2017 with a home loss against Philadelphia. It will start 2018 19–17 and in sixth place in the Western Conference.
All things considered, Denver is in a nice spot. Nikola Jokic is back and healthy, Paul Millsap is on the mend and Trey Lyles has emerged as more than a capable replacement in the meantime. The Nuggets are also just one of five teams in the league to have played 20 road games and will play 17 of their 25 games in January and February at the Pepsi Center, where they are 12–4 thus far.
Lyles has been a big lift since Millsap went down. He only averages 9.5 points per game on the season, but he’s hit double-figures in each of his last eight games and in 12 of the 15 games he appeared in in December. His minutes more than doubled from November to December and his scoring nearly tripled. For now, it’s a bit of patchwork, but when Millsap does return, Denver has three quality big men who have a wide array of skills to wear down the opposition. There’s a lot to like about Denver in the second half of the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in PHO last 9 vs. Western Conference.
- PHO are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- DEN are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific.
- DEN are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Over is 17-8 in DEN last 25 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 36-16-1 ATS in the last 53 meetings.
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction: the Nuggets cruise at home.
The next two (Phoenix, Utah) should be relatively easy home wins for a Nuggets team that is one of the best in the league in its own building.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Suns +11.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Phoenix 106 – Denver 115
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