Nuggets vs. Suns Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 22, 2021

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The difference between fourth and 10th in the West is just 1.5 games. That makes Friday’s tilt between the 8-5 Suns and 7-7 Nuggets an important one.

Denver
17-15
AT
January 22, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix
20-11
Pointspread +1 -115
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +219.5

53%

Betting Action

47%

Pointspread -1 -105
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +219.5

53%

Betting Action

47%

Going into Thursday the Suns sat in fourth place — atop the current logjam in the West. While the Nuggets are just 1.5 games back of Phoenix, they still got five other teams to leapfrog before moving into where the Suns lie.

Need further proof of how tight the West is? Heading into Thursday, the Nuggets, Suns, and the five teams in between them were all 6-4 in their last 10 games. Every night matters in the NBA.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s the second time these clubs are going head-to-head in 2021. They first met on New Year’s Day when the Suns took a 106-103 game on the road. Phoenix won with a balanced attack, with no player scoring more than 22 points but finishing with three 20-point scorers in Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, and Chris Paul.

It was a rare win for Phoenix against Denver too. In their past 10 games (including the most recent), Denver’s taken eight of 10 from the Suns. Oddsmakers are leaning toward thinking the trend is in the past, with the new-look Suns opening as 1.5-point favourites.

Denver Nuggets

Denver on the outside of the West’s playoff picture is one of this season’s biggest surprises. The Nuggets have had a team winning percentage above 63 per cent in their last two seasons. By that measure a 7-7 record is unacceptable. That said, they’ve won four of their last six.

Centre Nikola Jokić has still been doing his part, leading the Nuggets in each of points, rebounds, and assists during their last four outings. He’s in a class of his own at centre, also leading the entire NBA with 10 assists per game.

But Jokić needs help, which could come via Michael Porter Jr. Friday. The small forward is averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game (both second on Denver) and has been out since December 29. He could join Denver Friday.

Phoenix Suns

After some recent COVID-19 issues, Friday is just the fifth home game for the Suns this season. They’re 3-1 at Phoenix Suns Arena, averaging just shy of 112 points per game.

As mentioned earlier, depth in scoring has been vital toward the Suns’ current success. Booker’s scoring a team-high 22.2 points per game, but him and five other Suns are scoring at least double-digits per game. The most impressive of that group might be Mikal Bridges. The 2018 10th-overall pick is averaging career highs in points (14.7), rebounds (5.5), and minutes (32.6) per game. The 14.7 points is good for second on Phoenix.

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