Denver Nuggets (21-12 ) vs Phoenix Suns (9-27)Date : 12/29/2018
Time : 9:00 PM ET
Location : Talking Stick Resort Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
The Suns will welcome the Nuggets to Talking Stick Resort Arena as they are coming off a loss against the Thunder while the Nuggets loss back to back games against the Spurs. Game tips off at 9:00 PM ET.
Denver Nuggets's Latest Performance :
The Nuggets will look to bounce back after they fell to the Spurs yet again. They have a tough time covering LMA down on the block and DeMar seems to get to his spot with ease. Nevertheless, they will get to face an easier opponent the Suns but they are coming into this game winning five of their last seven games. Jokic will be looking to have a better performance after a bad showing against the Spurs he will get to face Ayton on the road and I expect the Nuggets to dump the ball into the paint and allow him to operate against the Suns on the road. Once Jokic gets going offensively this will force the Suns to send a double down in the post creating the opportunity for Murray to be wide open on the perimeter. Hernangomez will get more opportunities as Milsap is still out with an injury it will be interesting to see how he matches up against the Suns’ small ball line up. He is coming off a career-high 27 points.
Phoenix Suns 's Latest Performance :
The Suns are coming off a tough loss against the Thunder as they had no answer for the Thunder big 3 in this game. The Suns have been playing really well lately but the playing against the Thunder will be tough regardless. Devin Booker continues to lead the team in scoring ever since returning from a hamstring injury. He is averaging 30.6 points and 8.0 assists in his last six games. Warren has also been playing well as he was able to hit double digits in scoring. Oubre has been a pleasant surprise for the Suns ever since coming over from the Wizards. He has been effective as a sixth man-type player with 13.3 points, 4.3 boards. He fits right into what the Suns wants to build on in the future. Playing against the Nuggets, all eyes will be on rookie Ayton as he tends to disappear against scoring big men. It will be interesting to see how he fares off against Jokic after struggling against him last time around.
How Denver Nuggets & Phoenix Suns Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Suns are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
Against The Spread Selection: Denver Nuggets
My reason for the pick :
The Nuggets should be able to take down the Suns on the road as Jokic will get the better of Ayton in this game. Ayton continues to be ineffective against bigs who are capable of scoring in this level. He will improve over time but Jokic will be too much for him to handle at this point. Murray will go back and forth against Booker the whole night as this should be another matchup that we should keep an eye on. The Nuggets are playing very well to start the season and shouldn’t have a problem beating the Suns.
Betting trends for Denver Nuggets:
- Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference.
Betting trends for Phoenix Suns :
- Suns are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference.