The Phoenix Suns continue to surprise the league to start the season as they head into Sunday’s matchup in Denver following a 100-98 win Saturday night in Minnesota. No one expected this roster to be even close to playing .500 ball, let alone above it. Denver has an extra night of rest with their last game being a 96-92 win Friday night vs Boston.
Let’s take a closer look at where the value is at in this matchup.
- Phoenix Suns: +330
- Denver Nuggets: -420
- Phoenix Suns +8.5: +100
- Denver Nuggets -8.5: -120
- No total listed at time of publication
Key Points to Consider
X-Factor: Phoenix is playing on the second night of a back-to-back here. Tired legs could be a big-time factor, but there’s always the potential of a backdoor cover for a young team that’s competitive most nights this season. This is the Suns’ fifth game in seven nights — a battle of momentum and chemistry vs tired legs.
Denver’s Key: While Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic get much of the attention from opponents, the team’s engine really is Will Barton. He’s averaging 14.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds, adding a ton of versatility to a roster that continues to see Gary Harris’ production drop.
Offensive Numbers: Phoenix is currently No. 6 in the league with 115.4 points per night, and it’s no surprise they’re second in the league in assists per night. They get it done by committee and have developed quickly into a must-watch on League Pass.
Head-to-head: Denver won the first matchup of the season (Oct. 25), 108-107 in OT.
For Phoenix, Devin Booker is projected to lead the way with 24 points on 43% shooting, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.
For Denver, Jamal Murray is projected to finish with 20 points on 47% shooting, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.
Phoenix to cover.
Two-star (out of four) hot trend pick. Denver’s average margin of victory in sims +6.4 points. Average score in sims is: 113-107, in favor of Denver.
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