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Denver NuggetsPhoenix Suns
March 10, 10:30 PM | US Airways Center

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Odds

37-27TEAM RECORD33-29

The Suns will try to cover the spread at US Airways Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the Nuggets in basketball action.

Supporters of the Nuggets have seen them go 37-27 and 30-31-3 ATS so far this season, while the Suns are at 33-29 and 29-32-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Suns are 33-29, while the Nuggets are 32-31-1.

View Denver vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Suns as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 216.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 18 (Suns) and the No. 9 (Nuggets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 109-106 result in favor of the Nuggets is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 105.5 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 22 at 104 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 47.3% so far, almost the same as the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.3% per game.

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 24-rated defense on the road, allowing 106.7 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the league in scoring at home.

The Nuggets were a 100-94 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 2–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (194) made winners of UNDER bettors. Denver got 25 points and 14 rebounds from Nene Hilario in a losing cause in a 100-94 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday at STAPLES Center.

The Suns were a 113-110 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 4–point spread as favorites, while the total score (223) made winners of OVER bettors. Vince Carter poured in 32 points for Phoenix on Tuesday, as they defeated Houston 113-110 at US Airways Center.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing LA Clippers are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Nuggets at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Denver is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Denver's last 13 games on the road
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

Next up:
Denver home to Detroit, Saturday, March 12
Phoenix home to Orlando, Sunday, March 13

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