The Denver Nuggets face-off against a new and improved Phoenix Suns squad tonight at 7 p.m. MST. The primary question entering this game is: can the Nuggets rally from a tumultuous loss against the Sacramento Kings?
While the Nuggets scramble to recover, the Suns are on a roll and looking for something to prove. The Suns are coming off back-to-back wins against the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans and are now 4-1 on the year.
Interestingly enough, the Nuggets are still favored, sitting at -4.5 against the spread, showcasing the league’s respect for the Nuggets’ potential. Will that potential be on display tonight?
Guard Jamal Murray is still listed as day-to-day, but if he is out, the Nuggets lose a key figure, which would be a devastating blow with Michael Porter Jr. already out due to a situation with COVID-19. Denver might get a boost as JaMychal Green could make his season debut tonight.
The recent news has resulted in the point total dropping to 222 compared to where it opened at 224.5. Despite the news, the public is still hammering the over, with 65% of bets funneling in that direction.
If Murray can return tonight, the Nuggets have a chance to bounce back from a rocky start to overtake both the Suns, the over, and the spread, but only time will tell.
Let’s take a look at some betting trends and info via Covers.com:
- Under is 6-0 for Suns in last 6
- Over is 6-0 in Nuggets last 6 games playing on 2 days rest
- Nuggets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 Phoenix – Denver matchups
The Suns will come to town on the second night of a back-to-back, and this will be their fourth game in six days, so fatigue could come into the equation for this budding squad. The veteran imprint of Chris Paul has clearly made a difference as Pheonix has picked up right where they left off in the Orlando bubble.
With MPJ a no go and Murray questionable, Denver will lean heavily on big man Nikola Jokic once again. The Joker has been absolutely sensational through Denver’s first four games, playing at an MVP level. If Jokic continues to play at this level, taking the over on his props for tonight’s game is mighty tempting.
Jokic is currently averaging a triple-double with 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 13.5 assists per game. This comes as the rest of the Nuggets’ offense finds its footing.
This should be a good gut-check game for the Nuggets against an up-and-coming Suns team.
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