The NBA is set up with a great night of action on Friday night. Eleven games will be up on the board throughout January 22. One of these matchups will be between the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns. These two teams have had solid starts to the new campaign and will look to keep it going on Friday night. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Denver has put up a record of 7-7 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them tied for ninth place in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are coming off a win in their last game and will look to keep it going with a win in this one. Denver has been on a win one lose one trend their last few games and they will look to play better in this one.
The Suns have earned a record of 8-5 so far this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. Phoenix is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a two game skid. The Suns will look to carry momentum over in this one as they look for another win in this one. Phoenix has looked good early in this season and will look to win on Friday night.
These two teams have had solid seasons early in the season. Phoenix has been better to open up this season, but the Nuggets have bounced back after a 1-4 start to the season. Denver will look to get above .500 with a win in this one. The Suns are looking to stay near the top of the Western Conference with a win in this one.
The Nuggets and the Suns met up four times throughout last season. Denver hosted the first two games of the season series. Jamal Murray dropped 27 points, while Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists as the Nuggets won 108-107. Paul Millsap, Will Barton and Jamal Murray all had over 20 points in the second game of the season series as Denver won 116-104 to take a 2-0 series lead.
The third and fourth game of the season series shifted to Phoenix. Jamal Murray dropped 28 points in the third game of the series, while Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The Nuggets earned a 113-111 win. Murray finished with 36 points in the final meeting of the season series as Denver won 117-108 to sweep the season series.
The first game of this season’s series was on January 1 in Denver. Jamal Murray finished with 31 points, while Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. It was not enough for the Nuggets though. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton had 22 points and Chris Paul added 21 points. The Suns were able to earn a 106-103 win to break their losing streak against the Nuggets.
Denver dominated the season series throughout last season, but the Suns were able to take the first game this season. Most of these games between these two teams over the last couple of seasons have been close, which should lead to a good game in this one. If the Nuggets can come out quicker in this one, they could pull off the win to tie up the season series.
Field Goal Shooting
The Nuggets have shot well early in this season. Denver has been able to make around 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 6th in the league. The Nuggets have shot 37.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 10th in the NBA. Denver has made 74.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 16th in the league.
Phoenix has been solid shooting the ball so far this season as well. The Suns have made around 46.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 13th in the NBA. Phoenix has shot 36.1 percent from deep this season, which is 15th in the league. The Suns have made 81.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 2nd in the NBA.
These two teams have been solid shooting the ball, but Denver has the slight edge in this one. The Nuggets will look to improve from the free throw line coming into this one though. If either team can shoot well early in this matchup though, it could give them the edge. I expect both teams to move the ball early to try and get easy shots early.
Nikola Jokic has been the leader for this Nuggets team early in the season. Jokic is averaging 25 points, 11.5 rebounds and 10 assists per game. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 19.5 points per game, while Jamal Murray is averaging 19 points per game. Will Barton and Monte Morris are both averaging 11.5 points per game. JaMychal Green, Paul Millsap and Gary Harris are all averaging over 10 points per game as well.
Devin Booker has led this Suns team so far this season. Booker is averaging 22 points per game. Mikal Bridges has averaged 14.5 points per game this season. Deandre Ayton is averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. Chris Paul has averaged 13.5 points and 8 assists per game. Cameron Johnson is averaging 12 points per game to help round out the lineup.
These two teams have seen their stars step up early in the season. The Suns will be without Dario Saric in this one as he is dealing with health and safety protocols. Michael Porter Jr. could return on Friday night after missing quite a bit of time due to COVID-19. If Porter Jr. can come back and put up big points early, it could give the Nuggets a huge edge.
These two teams have had solid starts to the season, but I like Denver’s chances to earn a big win in this one. The Nuggets have been led by their stars early in the season. If Denver can continue to have their depth step up in this one, it could lead them to a win. The Nuggets lost earlier in the season to the Suns and I think they will bounce back with a win in this one.
BetOnline has the Suns listed as a -1 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Phoenix in this one. I think that this line should be even. The Suns have been the better team so far this season, but I think that the Nuggets have a great chance to earn the win in this one. Denver will look to come out hot in this one as they search for a win.