Nuggets vs. Suns Prediction
One night after going to overtime, the Nuggets and Suns will do it all again on Saturday when the two teams meet in Phoenix at 9:00 p.m. ET. Will the Suns prevail this time as a 1-point favorite or will the Nuggets emerge with another victory?
567 Denver Nuggets (+1) at 568 Phoenix Suns (-1); o/u 218.5
9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 23, 2021
Venue: PHX Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Denver nuggets DFS Spin
Nikola Jokic collected 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in an overtime road win on Friday, making 15-of-27 FGs with one 3-pointer in 40 minutes. Jokic added three steals including a clincher late in OT, and yet again flirted with a triple-double. "It's just like watching a surgeon pick somebody apart," coach Michael Malone said. "Nikola is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He is the best center in the world." Opposing coach Monty Williams seems to agree, saying before the Suns' tough loss, "Some of the stuff you see on tape with [Jokic], you just rewind it because you're trying to see what he saw before he made the pass. You don't see it in real time." He's an early MVP candidate in both reality and fantasy, where he leads everyone in 8-cat, 9-cat and points league scoring. Simply amazing.
Phoenix Suns DFS Spin
Deandre Ayton had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a losing battle vs. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets on Friday, making 11-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with zero turnovers in 37 minutes. Ayton was coming off a massive game with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 17 boards, three dimes and a career-high five blocked shots. After that performance, Chris Paul said, "The best players in this league, they do it night after night. Not just once every few games. So we’re gonna keep pushing [Ayton]." Suns coach Monty Williams added, "We hope [Ayton] understands that he can be that kind of player every single night,” and based on tonight's performance the message has been received.
Nuggets vs. Suns Betting Prediction
The over is now 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams when the game is in Phoenix and is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall. The over is also 7-1 in the Nuggets’ last eight games as an underdog, is 6-1 in their last seven road games and has cashed in five straight when Denver scored more than 125 points in its previous contest, as it did last night when the team scored 130 in regulation and overtime. The over is also 11-4 in the Suns’ last 15 games when their starting five players combine for more than 160 minutes the previous day.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: NUGGETS/SUNS OVER 218.5