The Denver Nuggets will travel to the Footprint Center on Sunday night to take on the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference matchup. The Nuggets are fifth in the Western Conference with a 9-7 record and are riding a three-game losing streak after losing on Friday at home to the Chicago Bulls 114-108. The Suns are second in the Western Conference with a 12-3 record and are on an 11-game winning streak and are coming off a 112-104 home win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
This will be the second of three games these two teams play against one another during the regular season as the Nuggets picked up a 110-98 road win already. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be betting.
Staying ToughThe Denver Nuggets will have to depend on center Nikola Jokic to be competitive. He is questionable for this game as he is dealing with a wrist injury. On the season, Jokic has 26.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 32.4 minutes per game. He is shooting very well as he is shooting 59.3 percent from the floor, 41 percent from the three, and 74.7 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the 76ers, Jokic played 35 minutes and finished with a monster 30 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and a block. If Jokic is able to dominate on the court like that, the Nuggets will continue to win.
The Denver Nuggets are an incredible defense as they are leading the league giving up just 100.1 points per game. In their last game against the Chicago Bulls, they gave up 114 points on 41-of-93 (44.1 percent) from the floor, 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) from beyond the arc, and 24 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to defend as well from deep as they have been, they will be in a great position to win.
Author at WorkThe Phoenix Suns have struggled to start the regular season and shooting guard Devin Booker has been leading the scoring. He is averaging 22.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and one steal in 32.8 minutes of action. He has improved his shooting as he is 43.3 percent from the floor, 37 percent from the three-point line, and 83.8 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Dallas Mavericks, Booker played 31 minutes and finished with 19 points, one rebound, one assist, one block, and four turnovers. If he can cut down on the sloppy play, the winning streak will continue.
Devin Booker is a mood. pic.twitter.com/wRDH8KxuvN— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 20, 2021
The Phoenix Suns have been an average defense to begin the year as they are the 10th-ranked team by giving up 104.9 points per game. In their last game against the Dallas Mavericks, they gave up 104 points on 37-of-90 (41.1 percent) from the field, 12-of-40 (30 percent) from beyond the arc, and 23 opportunities at the free-throw line. If they can defend without fouling, they can pick up another win here.