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Denver NuggetsPhoenix Suns
April 21, 5:30 PM | US Airways Center

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Odds

34-28TEAM RECORD33-30

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Denver when they hit take on the Suns on Saturday in pro hoops betting action.

Phoenix will face the 34-28 Nuggets, who own a 32-30 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Suns are 24-37-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Nuggets are 30-31-1 favoring the OVER.

View Denver vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Suns as 4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 210.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 20 and the Nuggets at No. 19 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-101 result in favor of the Nuggets.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 8-ranked offense (98.3 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 28 at 101.6 PPG. The Suns have averaged 45.9% from the field per game, less than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 103.2 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Denver was a 104-98 loser at home against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Ty Lawson scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Nuggets to victory (they lost 104-98 to Los Angeles at Pepsi Center on Wednesday).

The Suns were a 93-90 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Clippers. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (183) made winners of UNDER bettors. Jared Dudley scored 18 points leading the Suns to a 93-90 victory over Los Angeles at US Airways Center on Thursday.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Orlando are 8-2
After playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing LA Clippers are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

A few Nuggets at Suns trends to consider:
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Denver is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 11 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Denver
Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 11 games when playing Denver

Next up:
Denver home to Orlando, Sunday, April 22
Phoenix at Utah, Tuesday, April 24

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