The Denver Nuggets will travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to take on the Phoenix Suns. Action begins at 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and can be seen on ALT and FAZ.
The Suns are hoping for a better outcome after their 110-89 loss to the Jazz on Monday. Brandon Knight was the game's leading scorer with 26 points. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are feeling some disappointment after their 111-107 loss against the Lakers on Tuesday. Denver still lost despite the best efforts of Nikola Jokic, who recorded his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Will Barton has been hot for the Nuggets, averaging 22.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.6 three-pointers over the past five games.
The Suns have emerged victorious in both games against the Nuggets this year, including a 114-107 win the last time these two teams met. Knight finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds.
This one isn't expected to be close when the Suns, a substantial eight-point favorite, take on the Nuggets.
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The Suns come into this game 12-18 Straight Up (SU) and 13-17 Against The Spread (ATS). They are 9-12 SU and 11-10 ATS against the Western Conference. The Suns have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the league in offense with 103.9 points per game. The Suns are one of the best in the NBA in terms of three-point field goals, making 9.0 shots per game from beyond the arc. Phoenix's defenders rank fourth in the NBA in steals with 9.1 per game. Phoenix is one of the league's top scoring teams off turnovers with an average of 17.7 points per game.
As for their opponent, the Nuggets have a record of 12-14-2 ATS and 11-17 SU. Despite having a losing record against the Western Conference, Denver is successful ATS in those games with a record of 6-4.
Phoenix beat Denver in their most recent meeting this season, bumping its SU record to 8-2 over the Nuggets in their last 10 meetings. With an 8-2 record, the Suns also have the advantage ATS.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pho, ATS Winner - Pho
Denver is 5-9-2 ATS in its last 16 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games.
Denver is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games.
Denver is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games on the road.
Denver is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games when playing Phoenix.
Denver is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix.
Denver is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Phoenix.
Denver is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games when playing on the road against Phoenix.
On average, Denver puts up 99.0 points per game (ranked 22nd). Phoenix ranks 25th in points allowed per game with 105.2.
Denver and Phoenix are well matched, ranking 21st in points per away game and points allowed at home respectively. Denver scores an average of 98.2 points on the road, while Phoenix gives up 102.9 points at home on average.
Phoenix has a 5-3 record when opponents score fewer than 100 points. Denver has yet to win a game in which it puts up fewer than 100 (0-12).
When allowing 100 or more points in a game, the Suns are just 7-15 this season. Denver is a winning 11-5 when it reaches the century mark.
The Nuggets have a defensive rating of 106.1 (ranked 27th). The Suns rank 18th for their offensive rating of 102.2.
On average, Phoenix has 101.6 possessions per game and scores 1.022 points on each possession. Denver has both fewer possessions (97.4) and scores fewer points during those possessions (1.016).
Phoenix is among the top-ranked teams based on its average effective field goal percentage of 50.7% (ranked sixth in the NBA). Denver is a poor 4-10 when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage.
On average, the Denver Nuggets make 22.2 assists per game and the Phoenix Suns make 20.7. Denver is ranked 12th, while Phoenix is ranked 22nd.
The Phoenix Suns average 4.1 blocks per game for a rank of 22nd. The Denver Nuggets rank higher (16th), earning 4.8 blocks each contest.
The Phoenix Suns rank 16th in offensive rebounding, while the Denver Nuggets rank 19th in defensive rebounding.
The Suns record 9.1 steals per game on average (ranked fourth). The Nuggets are 6-8 when allowing at least 9 steals.