The Denver Nuggets (52-27, 19-20 Away) clinched the #1 seed in the Western Conference with a Memphis Grizzlies loss against the Pelicans last night. They also lost 3 of their last 5 games. The Nuggets have three regular season games to go before the playoffs, and most of their starters will be out for tonight’s game. The Phoenix Suns (44-35, 23-14, 27-12 Home) clinched a playoff spot, and are currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference. With Kevin Durant back in the lineup, the Suns won their last 5 straight. These two teams will play tonight at 10 PM EDT, located at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The matchup will air on TNT. If you are looking for the best betting odds, here is information to know:
Betting Odds, Money Line, Spread, Under/Over
*All lines are taken from Draft Kings*
Nuggets: +12 (-110)
Phoenix: -12 (-110)
Nuggets are 2-1 vs. Suns this season.
For this game, Denver was favored -4, and the Over/Under was 229. Denver secured the money line, the Suns covered the spread, and this game hit the OVER at 253 points.
Although Phoenix outshot the Nuggets 48.6 percent to 36.1 percent from three-point, the Nuggets outrebounded them, shot better from the free throw line, and had more points in the paint. It was an exciting overtime game, led by former MVP Nikola Jokic, who had another triple double. Phoenix star Devin Booker didn’t play any minutes after returning from a groin injury.
January 11th, 2023- Nuggets Win 126-97 (Nuggets Home)
Going into this game, Denver was favored -14, and the Over/Under was 227. Denver secured the money line, covered the spread, and this game hit the UNDER at 223 points.
The Suns were without star players Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton. Although the Suns outrebounded the Nuggets 44-38, they couldn’t secure the win. The Suns were held to 28 percent three-point shooting and were outscored in the paint 52-60. Overall, the Nuggets were the healthier team, and shot 44.1 percent from the field. On the Nuggets side, Jokic had help from his teammates. Although Nikola added 21 points and 18 rebounds, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Jamal Murray, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all added points in double digits. On the Suns side, Torrey Craig led the way with 16 points.
March 31st, 2023- Suns Win 100-93 (Suns Home)
The Phoenix Suns were heavily favored by -13.5, and the Over/Under was 223.5 Phoenix secured the money line, Denver covered the spread, and this game hit the UNDER at 193. points.
The Nuggets entered this game without their star Nikola Jokic. In addition, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. were out for this game. This Suns team looked vastly different since they traded for star Kevin Durant at the NBA Trade Deadline. Denver was held to 23 percent on three-point shooting, and struggled from the free-throw line at 55.5 percent. Even without Jokic, the Nuggets outscored the Suns 62-36 in the paint. The difference maker was made free-throws in this game. Aaron Gordon led the way for the Nuggets with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Both Kevin Durant and Devin Booker combined for 57 total points for the suns.
SF Michael Porter Jr. (Doubtful)
PF Aaron Gordon (Doubtful)
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Doubtful)
C Nikola Jokic (OUT)
Pg Jamal Murray (OUT)
Denver Nuggets last 10 games + Stats
The Nuggets are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Their wins came against Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Golden State. Their four losses came against the Knicks, Pelicans, Suns, and the Rockets.
The Denver Nuggets rank 8th in opponents points per game at 112.5. They rank 12th in points per game at 115.9, and 2nd in the league in assists (28.9)
Phoenix Suns last 10 games + Stats
The Phoenix Suns are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Suns wins came against Orlando, Philadelphia, Utah, Minnesota, Denver, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio. Their only three losses came against the Thunder, Lakers, and Kings.
The Suns rank 4th in opponents points per game at 111.3. In addition, they rank 17th in points per game at 113.7, and 4th in the league in assists (27.3)
With Michael Porter Jr., Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Aaron Gordon out tonight, the Nuggets will be without their core four. Guard Reggie Jackson is averaging only 6.5 points per game in his two games against Phoenix this season. Look for Bruce Brown, and Jeff Green to put in some work tonight.
Kevin Durant is averaging 30 points-per game, 4 rebounds, on 66.7 percent three-point shooting, and 73 percent from the field against the Nuggets this season. With the season ending soon, there are plenty of scoring options with Booker, Paul, and Ayton on the weak and strong side of the ball. However, Chris Paul and Booker struggled in their games against Denver this season.
In Ayton’s 2 games against Denver, he’s averaging 15 points per game, 13 rebounds, 100 percent from the three-point, and 45 percent from the field. With Aaron Gordon and Jokic out, I expect Ayton to dominate in the paint and on the glass.
• Denver averages 115.9 points per game
• Phoenix averages 113.7 points per game
• Denver ranks 8th in points allowed with 112.5 opponents points per game.
• Phoenix ranks 4th in points allowed with 111.3 opponents points per game.
• Denver ranks 22nd in rebounds per game with 43.
• Phoenix ranks 11th in rebounds per game with 44.3.
• Denver ranks 6th in point differential at + 3.3.
• Phoenix ranks 9th in point differential at +2.3
• Denver ranks 18th in blocked shots with 3.3 per game.
• Phoenix ranks 8th in blocked shots with 4.5 per game.
• Denver averages 38.1 percent from the 3-point, while Phoenix averages 37.5 from the 3-point.
LAST 10 GAMES + GAME PREDICTION
–Phoenix covered the spread in 5 of their last 10 games.
– Denver covered the spread in 6 of their last 10 games.
–Phoenix has a 41-36-2 record ATS this season.
–Denver has a 42-36-1 record ATS this season.
–Phoenix is 21-17-1 in HOME games ATS this season.
–Denver is 18-21-0 in AWAY games ATS this season.
MONEY LINE: Suns
– Phoenix won the Money Line 7 out of their last 10 games
–Denver won the Money Line 6 of their last 10 games.
–Phoenix Avg +/- vs O/U Line: -1.3
–Denver Avg +/- vs O/U Line: -1.53
–Phoenix Overall O/U Record: 39-38-2
–Denver O/U Record: 36-42-1
–Phoenix hit the OVER 6 times in their last 10 games
–Denver hit the UNDER IN THEIR LAST 10 GAMES.
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