Suns play on the road vs. Nuggets
The Phoenix Suns have already beaten the Denver Nuggets once both SU and ATS this season as the Western Conference clubs meet again in NBA betting action at the sportsbooks on Friday night.
Phoenix topped Denver 114-103 as a 2.5-point home favorite on the NBA odds in their first meeting of the season on November 8. However, that improved the Suns to just 2-8 SU and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Nuggets since 2010.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Nuggets currently sport a record of 14-10, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 12-11-1 ATS. The Suns are 14-10 and 16-6-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Nuggets post a 10-14 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Suns have gone 15-9 against the number.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nuggets rated this week at No. 6 and the Suns sitting at No. 9. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 97-95 result in favor of the Nuggets today.
Phoenix was a 108-101 loser in its last match at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 209 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Suns endured a 108-101 loss at the hands of the Spurs on Wednesday, despite a 22-point effort from Channing Frye at US Airways Center.
Denver was a 105-93 loser in its last match at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 198 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. J.J. Hickson poured in 20 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds in a losing cause for Denver on Tuesday, as the Thunder rolled to a 105-93 victory over Denver at Pepsi Center.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Denver's No. 12-ranked offense (101.75 PPG) against a Suns defense that ranks No. 18 at 100.62 PPG. The Nuggets have averaged 44.77% from the field per game, less than the Suns have managed so far this season (46.53% on average).
Phoenix home to Dallas, Saturday, December 21st
Denver at Los Angeles, Saturday, December 21st