Denver Nuggets (36–16) vs. Phoenix Suns (21–31)
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9:00 PM EST
Line: Suns +1.5
Two Western Conference teams will take the court on Saturday night when the Phoenix Suns host the Denver Nuggets at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Nuggets enter Saturday’s contest in 1st place in the Northwest Division while the Suns are 3rd in the Pacific Division. Denver enters this matchup following a 3 point win over the Utah Jazz while the Suns are coming into this game off of an 8 point loss to the Detroit Pistons.
The Nuggets have won four of their last five games and are three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot in the Western Conference. Denver has been steady on the road (16–10) after winning three of their last five road games. The Nuggets average 109.9 PPG while allowing 106.1 points per game which ranks them 4th defensively. Denver is led by dominant Center Nikola Jokic who is averaging 20.6 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 6.8 assists per game.
Phoenix (10–17 Home) looks to defend their home court but the Suns are just 1–7 ATS the last 8 home games. The Suns are averaging 112.5 points per game while allowing 113.9 points per game, usually a recipe for a mediocre team. The Suns have six players scoring in double figures and are led by guard Devin Booker (26.9 PPG, 6.3 APG).
The Nuggets are 11–5 ATS the last 16 meetings between these teams and they are 4–1 ATS the last 5 games overall. Phoenix is 1–4 ATS the last 5 games and 1–6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win. Denver has proven they are one of the top teams in the Western Conference and the Suns will have trouble stopping Jokic. Denver has one of the top defensive teams in the league and their defense will lead them to a win on the road in Phoenix. Take the Nuggets (-1.5) as small chalk on Saturday.