Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets NBA Picks & Predictions 10/20/2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
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The Phoenix Suns travel to Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Denver as 10.5 point favorites.
The Suns have a regular season record of 1-0. They are 1st in the Pacific Division. They have a point differential of 21 as they average 121 points per game while giving up 100 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall mark of 1-0. They currently are 1st in the Northwest Division. They total 107 points per contest and give up 98, which is a point differential of 9.
Valuable Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 1-0-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 1-0-0 against the over/under
Important Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 1-0-0 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 0-1-0 against the over/under
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
10/11/18 G Isaiah Thomas Hip is out indefinitely
Josh Jackson comes into this contest averaging 18 points per game while playing 28 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 64% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 50%. Devin Booker averages 35 points per game in 33 minutes per contest this season. He averages 7 assists per contest and 4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 63% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Nikola Jokic averages 21 points per game while playing 34 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 8 rebounds per game and has 5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Gary Harris averages 20 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34 minutes per contest. He also averages 3 rebounds per contest and 2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 100%.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix averages 121 points per contest this season, which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 21 and their shooting percentage is 54% as a team, which has them ranked 2nd. Behind the arc they shoot 56% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 44 rebounds per game and 35 assists per game, which ranks them 22nd and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 11 per game. The Suns allow 100 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc, ranking them 13th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 38 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 28 assists per contest, which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 9 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver is 21st in the league with 107 points per game this year. They are 28th in the league in shooting at 38%, while their average scoring margin is 9. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 16th in the NBA. They are 4th in the league in rebounding with 56 boards per game, and 25th in assists per contest with 20. The Nuggets are 27th in turnovers per game with 10. The Nuggets surrender 98 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 40% shooting percentage and a 29% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 10th in those defensive statistics. They rank 15th with 21 assists allowed per contest and 19th with 47 rebounds surrendered per game. The Nuggets were 12th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12 per game last season.
The Suns are 1st in the NBA in offensive rating with 130.6, and their defensive rating of 108 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 30th in the league with 92.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 66% is 1st. As a team they are 1st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 69% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 2nd in the league. Phoenix is 17th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 8.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 18th in the league.
Denver is 27th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 8.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 45%, which is 24th in the league. The Nuggets are 15th in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.6, and their defensive rating of 99.5 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 43% is 28th. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Phoenix -10.5
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