Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 1/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+2)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Suns (8-5) will play the Denver Nuggets (7-7) on Friday. The spread on this contest has Phoenix as 2-point favorites. The O/U is set at 224.
The Denver Nuggets played the Oklahoma City Thunder and notched a win by a score of 119-101 in their last game. Denver finished the contest with a 43.8% field goal percentage (46 out of 105) and knocked down 14 out of their 42 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Nuggets made 13 of their 14 tries for a percentage of 92.9%. In relation to pulling down boards, they earned 58 with 18 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 29 dimes in the matchup in addition to earning 11 steals and 3 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Denver let their opponent shoot 41.9% from the field on 36 of 86 shooting. Oklahoma City totaled 22 assists and had 8 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Thunder snagged 41 rebounds (9 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Oklahoma City shot 65.2% when shooting free throws by making 15 of 23 attempts. They also converted 14 of their 43 tries from distance.
Nikola Jokić is someone who came through for the game. He walked away with 27 points on 12 of 21 shooting. He played for 28:25 minutes played and also collected 12 rebounds. Jokić shot 57.1% from the floor and dished out 6 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Nuggets was Monte Morris. He collected 4 rebounds and also accounted for 5 dimes. He went 63.6% from the field in this contest via 7-of-11 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Morris saw the court for 21:29 minutes.
Denver will play this contest with a record of 7-7 so far this year. They are averaging 115.6 points per game (5th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.9% from the field. The Nuggets are shooting 37.3% on 3-pointers (182 of 488) and 74.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Denver is grabbing 44.2 boards per contest and has tallied 382 assists for the year, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.4 times per game and as a unit they commit 21.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Nuggets are forcing 16.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 25th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 370 relinquished so far this year. The Nuggets defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.9% (224 of 306) and they concede 40.8 rebounds per contest as a unit. They give up 38.5% on shots from distance and they are 19th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (111.7).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Phoenix Suns walked away with a victory by a final of 109-103 when they faced the Houston Rockets. The Suns corralled 37 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 45 for the contest. They also turned away 11 attempts while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Rockets committed 19 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to make 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 89.5%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Phoenix buried 8 out of 34 attempts (23.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Suns went 42 for 89 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.2%. The Suns permitted the Rockets to knock down 37 out of 88 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 42.0% for the game. They finished 32.3% from distance by going 10 of 31 and ended up shooting 19 of 22 at the free throw line (86.4%). In relation to rebounding, Phoenix allowed Houston to get 39 overall (7 offensive).
Deandre Ayton ended up being a factor for the Suns in the matchup. He knocked down 11 out of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 73.3%, which had him finishing with 26 points. Ayton snagged 17 boards in his 35:34 mins of playing time and earned 3 assists in this game. Another guy that was important for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He accumulated 24 points in 34:33 mins played by way of 10 of 18 from the floor for this contest. Booker finished going 55.6% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 8-5 so far this season. The Suns are responsible for committing 21.1 fouls per game while shooting 81.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 26.2 times per game (8th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.4 times per game. Phoenix has tallied 1,428 pts so far this year (109.8 per game) and they grab 42.7 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Suns are shooting 46.8% from the field, which ranks 13th in the NBA. The Suns on the defensive side of the court are 5th in the league in PPG allowed with 106.5. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the floor (18th in the league). The Phoenix defense allows 36.3% on 3-pointers (141 of 388) and opponents are connecting on 73.3% of their foul shots. They have given up 21.9 assists and 43.7 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 1st and 9th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (+2)
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