Nuggets vs. Suns Prediction
Can the Denver Nuggets go on the road and pick up a win over the Phoenix Suns when the two teams meet up tonight at 9PM ET?
543 Denver Nuggets vs. 544 Phoenix Suns
Saturday, December 29, 2018
9PM ET – Talking Stick Resort Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Nuggets are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Suns. The over/under total for the game is listed at 215 points. The public betting for this game currently has 54 percent going on the Nuggets on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Nuggets edge Spurs
The Denver Nuggets are coming off a 102-99 win over the Spurs at home last night. However, they have failed to cover the spread in three straight games. Denver is 22-11 on the season, 8-8 on the road, 19-14 against the spread and 20-12-1 with the under.
Denver is one of the stronger defensive teams in the NBA, allowing just 104.3 points per game while holding opponents to 32.3 percent shooting from the arc. Offensively, Denver puts up 109.5 points per contest while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Injuries have been piling up, but it hasn’t kept the team from picking up wins. Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game to lead the team while Jamal Murray is adding 17.8 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
Suns fail to cover
The Suns saw their 7-game cover streak come to an end last night in a 118-102 loss at home to Oklahoma City. Phoenix has lost three of its last four games. The Suns are 9-27 on the season, 5-12 at home, 16-20 against the spread and 21-15 with the under.
Phoenix is putting up just 105 points per game on offense this season, but they are averaging 116.8 per game over their last five games. On defense, the team is giving up 113.7 per contest. Devin Booker has been leading the team with 25.2 points and 7.2 assists per game while Deandre Ayton is adding 16.3 points and 10.8 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Nuggets are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games following a win and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 overall.
The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, but just 6-14 ATS in their last 20 conference games.
Both teams played last night, but Denver is the one that has to travel. The Suns have been a lot stronger on offense since Booker returned from injury. While their defense is giving up more points as well, I think Denver will have trouble scoring at the pace Phoenix does given all the injuries to the role players. The Nuggets haven’t covered in three straight and I don’t feel great about their chances tonight on the road.
NBA Prediction: Phoenix Suns +4.5