Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/11/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
The Phoenix Suns are traveling to Ball Arena on Wednesday where they will compete against the Denver Nuggets.
The Suns faced off with the Cavaliers and took a loss by a score of 112-98 in their last game. Regarding fouls, the Suns walked away with 14 while the Cavaliers recorded 12 fouls. They converted 11 out of their 29 shots from 3-point land. Cleveland went 64.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of their 17 attempts. On top of that, Cleveland collected 39 rebounds (3 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Cleveland doled out 29 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. When it comes to the defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 57.7% from the field on 45 out of 78 shooting. They also recorded 22 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and having 7 steals. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 36 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. From the free throw line, the Suns buried 10 of 11 attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. Phoenix finished the contest with a 44.0% FG percentage (37 out of 84) and converted 14 of their 26 three-point shots.
Duane Washington Jr. is a guy who came through for the contest. Washington Jr. finished 50.0% from the field and totaled 3 assists. He played 25 minutes and also totaled 1 board. He racked up 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting.
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Phoenix steps onto the court with a mark of 20-21 for the season. They are turning it over 13.8 times per contest and as a squad are committing 21.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 42.9 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,087 dimes this year, which is 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Suns are shooting 38.3% on 3-pointers (531 of 1,387) and 79.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 112.7 pts per game (17th in the league) while shooting 46.5% from the field.
On defense, the Suns have forced 15.1 turnovers per game and they draw 19.7 personal fouls. They rank 6th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 943 surrendered on the season. The Suns defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.1% (1,630 of 3,461) and they relinquish 42.9 boards per contest as a team. They give up 35.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 7th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.0).
When they last played, the Nuggets walked away with a victory by a final of 122-109 when they played the Lakers. The Nuggets corralled 41 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards totaling 55 in this matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while getting 7 steals in this contest. The Lakers earned 14 fouls in this game which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 88.2%. Regarding shooting from distance, Denver converted 15 out of their 42 attempts (35.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets went 46 for 99 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.5%. The Nuggets allowed the Lakers to knock down 41 out of 93 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 44.1% in the matchup. They shot 28.6% from three-point range by connecting on 8 of 28 and ended up shooting 19 of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Denver allowed Los Angeles to pull down 44 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Jamal Murray ended up being a major contributor for the Nuggets in this contest. Murray had 34 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 4 dimes in this contest. He made 13 out of 29 in the game for a field goal percentage of 44.8%, and added 7 rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss mark of 27-13 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Nuggets are connecting on 50.8% from the field, which is ranked 2nd in the league. Denver has accumulated 4,673 pts so far this year (116.8 per game) and they grab 43.5 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 28.7 times per game (2nd in the league) and they turn the ball over 15.3 times per game. The Nuggets have committed 19.4 personal fouls every game and they go 75.4% from the free throw line.
The Denver defense gives up 35.5% on three-point shots (486 of 1,368) and their opponents are converting on 75.6% of their foul shots. They have given up 26.3 assists and 40.1 boards per game, which ranks 28th and 1st in basketball. The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 16th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 113.7. They are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.1% from the floor (25th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver
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