Nuggets vs Suns Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/8/2020
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Denver -4.5
Gary Harris and the Denver Nuggets (36-16, 1st in the Northwest Division) travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Phoenix Suns (20-31, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The line on this contest has Denver as 4.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 220.
The Nuggets cover the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 24-24-4 ATS. Phoenix is covering 48.0% of the time, going 24-26-1 against the spread.
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
02/07/20 SG Jordan McRae Acquired is questionable Saturday vs Phoenix
02/06/20 SF Jerami Grant Ankle is questionable Saturday vs Phoenix
02/06/20 SG Will Barton Knee is questionable Saturday vs Phoenix
02/06/20 F Michael Porter Jr. Ankle is questionable Saturday vs Phoenix
01/22/20 PF Mason Plumlee Foot is out 2-4 weeks
01/22/20 PF Paul Millsap Knee is out indefinitely
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
02/07/20 C Aron Baynes Hip is downgraded to out Friday vs Houston
02/06/20 SF Dario Saric Ankle is downgraded to out Friday vs Houston
02/06/20 SG Ty Jerome Calf is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs Houston
02/06/20 PF Cameron Johnson Quad is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs Houston
02/06/20 SG Tyler Johnson Knee is downgraded to out Friday vs Houston
01/04/20 PF Frank Kaminsky Knee is out indefinitely
Gary Harris comes into this contest averaging 10.2 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Nikola Jokic averages 20.6 points per game in 32.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.8 assists per contest and 10.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 52% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Kelly Oubre averages 18.8 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Devin Booker averages 26.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.1 rebounds per contest and 6.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 92%.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver averages 109.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 15th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the league. They average 45.2 rebounds per game and 26.3 assists per game, which ranks them 17th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 13.3 per game. The Nuggets allow 106.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.3 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 24.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 14.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 13th in the league with 112.5 points per game this year. They are 13th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.5. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They are 21st in the league in rebounding with 43.6 boards per game, and 2nd in assists per contest with 26.9. The Suns are 15th in turnovers per game with 14.7. The Suns surrender 113.9 points per contest, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 24th in those defensive statistics. They rank 14th with 24.1 assists allowed per contest and 11th with 44.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Suns are 27th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.9 per game.
The Nuggets are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 108, and their offensive rating of 111.8 is ranked 10th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 97.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 21st. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 27th in the NBA. Denver is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 17th in the NBA.
Phoenix is 16th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 9th in the NBA. The Suns are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 111.3, and their offensive rating of 109.8 is ranked 19th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 101.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 20th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 21st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Suns NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Phoenix +4.5
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