Nuggets vs. Suns Saturday Prediction
The Nuggets have played well over their last 10 games while the Suns have not. Is Denver the best play tonight for bettors when it visits Phoenix at 9:00 p.m. ET or is there a better value on the board?
541 Denver Nuggets (-3.5) at 542 Phoenix Suns (+3.5); o/u 218
9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, February 8, 2020
Talking Stick Resort Arena
According to our NBA Public Betting Chart page, 66% of betting tickets are on the Nuggets to cover the spread in this matchup.
Denver Nuggets Fantasy Spin
Michael Porter Jr. (right ankle) is out for Saturday against the Suns. This ankle sprain is going to cost him at least a week after he downplayed it. Perhaps the Nuggets are being extra cautious with him given his lack of action over the last two years, and he could miss more time. Torrey Craig should be looking at minutes as a possible stream.
Phoenix Suns Fantasy Spin
Mikal Bridges had a gem of a line vs. the Rockets on Friday with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and two triples in 31 minutes. Don't look now, but Bridges is posting top-20 numbers in 9-cat over the last two weeks with 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 triples in 33.4 minutes. The only thing here that isn't sustainable is the blocks with Bridges swatting 0.6 shots per 36 minutes for his career, but even that is terrific for a wing. Bridges has a lot of similarities to a guy like Robert Covington for his contributions in the money stat categories and he's locked in as a must-start player as long as the Suns do the right thing and keep giving him big minutes.
The Nuggets have covered the spread in 11 of their last 16 games versus the Suns and should cover the short number tonight, too. The Suns are just 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games, are 1-4 against the number in their last five games overall and are 1-6 at the window in their last seven games coming off a win. On the other side, the Nuggets have covered the spread in four of their last five games overall and are 4-0 ATS in their last four games when they face an opponent that scored 100 points or more in its previous game.
SATURDAY NBA BETTING PREDICTION: DENVER NUGGETS -3.5