Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Ball Arena is the site where and the Denver Nuggets (1-3) will take on the Phoenix Suns (3-1) on Friday.
The Phoenix Suns took the court against the New Orleans Pelicans and took home the win by a score of 111-86 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the contest with a 44.0% field goal percentage (37 out of 84) and buried 19 out of their 47 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Suns made 18 of their 19 tries for a rate of 94.7%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 43 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 24 assists in this contest as well as having 7 steals and 4 blocks. With respect to defending, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 48.1% from the field on 37 of 77 shooting. New Orleans recorded 18 assists and had 8 steals in this game. On top of that, the Pelicans collected 41 boards (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 3 blocks. New Orleans finished the game at 50.0% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of their 18 attempts. They also converted 3 of 24 tries from long range.
Jae Crowder is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. He accounted for 21 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 20:59 minutes and also collected 2 boards. Crowder finished the contest at 54.5% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this matchup for the Suns was Cameron Johnson. He grabbed 2 boards and also collected 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-13 (18 points). When all was said and done, Johnson was on the hardwood for 22:23 min.
Phoenix will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 3-1 so far this year. They are turning it over 12.8 times per contest and as a team are committing 21.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is collecting 43.8 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 104 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 13th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Suns are hitting 35.3% on shots from downtown (55 of 156) and 81.4% from the charity stripe. They average 109.0 points per outing (23rd in the league) while connecting on 45.6% from the floor. Defensively, the Suns have forced 15.8 turnovers per game while drawing 20.5 personal fouls. The Suns defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.7% (63 of 82) and they surrender 43.8 rebounds per game as a team. They are ranked 3rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 76 conceded this season. They give up 25.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (98.5).
In their last game, the Denver Nuggets walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 125-115 when they faced the Sacramento Kings. The Nuggets corralled 32 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the game. They also blocked 5 shots while getting 7 steals for this contest. The Kings committed 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They were able to convert 16 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to shots from downtown, Denver made 11 of 28 attempts (39.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets went 44 for 81 from the field which gave them a rate of 54.3%. The Nuggets allowed the Kings to bury 46 of their 94 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.9% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 48.5% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 16 out of 33 and ended up shooting 17 out of 22 from the charity stripe (77.3%). In regard to team rebounding, Denver permitted Sacramento to collect 37 in total (12 offensive).
Michael Porter ended up being important for the Nuggets for this game. He converted 12 of 18 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 30 points. Porter grabbed 10 rebounds in his 40:20 mins of playing time and tallied 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Denver was Nikola Jokić. He was able to score 26 points in 38:33 mins on the hardwood by way of 9 of 14 shooting in this game. Jokić ended the game having shot 64.3% from the field and also contributing 12 assists and 10 boards.
Denver has a record of 1-3 so far this season. The Nuggets have committed 20.3 fouls every game and they go 72.0% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 27.8 times per game (5th in basketball) and they turn it over 16.0 times per game. Denver has scored 469 points for the season (117.3 per contest) and they snag 42.3 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nuggets are shooting 50.1% from the field, which ranks 3rd in the NBA. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 24th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 120.3. The Denver defense allows 43.3% on shots from beyond the arc (61 of 141) and their opponents are knocking down 78.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 29.3 assists and 41.8 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 30th and 6th in basketball. They are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (24th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix and under the total points
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