Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 12/25/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, December 25, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
The Phoenix Suns are en route to Ball Arena on Sunday where they will attempt to beat the Denver Nuggets.
The Suns played the Wizards and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 113-110 in their last contest. Phoenix ended the game with a 46.1% field goal percentage (41 out of 89) and buried 13 of their 32 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Suns buried 15 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 78.9%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 44 with 15 of them being offensive. They also dished out 26 assists in this game as well as creating 9 turnovers and getting 2 steals. In relation to defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 47.5% from the floor on 38 out of 80 shooting. Washington recorded 22 assists and had 9 steals for this game. On top of that, Washington pulled down 41 boards (9 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 1 block. Washington finished the contest at 70.3% from the free throw line by making 26 of their 37 shots. They also buried 11 out of their 27 tries from beyond the perimeter. Regarding personal fouls, the Suns finished with 23 and the Wizards had 14 personal fouls.
Landry Shamet is one player who played a role in the game. Shamet ended up shooting 47.6% from the field and also distributed 5 assists. He was on the hardwood for 35 minutes and collected 2 boards. He left the arena with 31 points on 10 of 21 shooting.
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Phoenix comes into this matchup with a record of 19-13 on the campaign. They are giving up possession 13.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 21.2 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 43.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 865 assists for the season, which has them ranked 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. The Suns are shooting 37.9% on shots from beyond the arc (421 of 1,111) and 79.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.7 points per game (6th in basketball) while going 47.1% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Suns are forcing 15.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.2 personal fouls. They are ranked 4th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 730 relinquished on the year. The Suns defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.9% (1,273 of 2,715) and they surrender 42.9 boards per game as a team. They are conceding 36.7% from 3-point land and they are 7th in the league in points per game allowed (110.7).
When they last played, the Nuggets took home the win by a final score of 105-91 against the Grizzlies. With respect to cleaning up the glass, Denver allowed Memphis to grab 42 in total (7 offensive). They finished 19.2% from 3-point land by shooting 5 out of 26 and finished the game at 14 of 21 at the free throw line (66.7%). The Nuggets permitted the Grizzlies to knock down 36 out of their 81 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 44.4% in the game. In all, the Nuggets shot 40 for 89 from the field which gave them a rate of 44.9%. With regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Denver made 10 of their 27 attempts (37.0%). They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 60.0%. The Grizzlies were called for 21 fouls for the game which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They also coughed up the ball 17 times, while recording 9 steals in the game. The Nuggets earned 35 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the contest.
Aaron Gordon pitched in for the Nuggets for the matchup. He buried 9 of 16 for this contest for a rate of 56.3%, and had 7 rebounds. Gordon earned 24 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 dimes for this contest.
Denver has a mark of 19-11 on the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nuggets are connecting on 50.3% from the field, which ranks 2nd in the NBA. Denver has scored 3,463 pts this year (115.4 per game) and they pull in 43.4 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 28.2 times per contest (2nd in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest. The Nuggets are committing 19.3 fouls per game and they hit 74.1% from the charity stripe.
The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 17th in basketball in points given up per game with 114.0. They are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.7% from the field (28th in basketball). The Denver defense gives up 36.4% on shots from distance (377 of 1,037) and opponents are making 75.5% of their free throw shots. They concede 26.4 dimes and 40.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 27th and 2nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix
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