Two Western Conference teams sitting outside the playoff picture are clashing tonight, when the Denver Nuggets (23-22), who are looking to get back on track and into the top-8, are hosting the Phoenix Suns (16-29), who want to end yet another losing streak this season.
Date/Time: 01-19-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -8.5
Nuggets have a 23-22 record (20-23-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. They have lost five of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Clippers with a 104-109 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.2 ppg, followed by Nikola Jokic with 16.2 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.2 per game and in assists made, with 5 per game. Jamal Murray adds 15.4 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersSuns have a 16-29 record (21-22-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Blazers with a 111-118 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Devin Booker with 25.2 ppg, adding 4.2 rebounds and a team high 4.6 assists per game. He is followed by TJ Warren with 19.7 pgg and 5.5 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Nuggets won at home with a 134-111 score. Nuggets are 16-5 at home so far this season, while Suns are 8-13 on the road. Nuggets are better both offensively, scoring 106.1 ppg to Suns’ 105.4 and defensively, allowing 105.6 ppg to Suns’ league-low of 112.4. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46% to Suns’ 44.3% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.6% to Suns’ second-worse of 34%. Nuggets are also better in rebounding, grabbing 45.3 to Suns’ 44.9 and in assists made, with 23.4 to Suns’ 20.8, while both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (15.7 and 15.8). Nuggets have already won once against the Suns at home with extreme ease and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread for tonight’s game. Expect them to beat the odds easily and bounce back.
Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -8.5 (-109)