The Denver Nuggets (51-25) face the Phoenix Suns (41-35) on Friday at Footprint Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Nuggets vs. Suns odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Nuggets lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 107-88 on Thursday and failed to cover as 1.5-point home favorites. Denver is 3 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
The Suns covered as 6-point home favorites in Wednesday’s 107-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Phoenix is half a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.
This will be the third season meeting between Denver and Phoenix. The Nuggets have won each of the first two meetings straight up, although they’ve split against the spread, and the Over/Under is 1-1.
Nuggets at Suns odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:47 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Nuggets +350 (bet $100 to win $350) | Suns -425 (bet $425 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Nuggets +10.5 (-115) | Suns -10.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 226.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Nuggets at Suns key injuries
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Nuggets at Suns picks and predictions
Suns 121, Nuggets 110
Even with the Suns (-425) at full health, taking them to win on Friday isn’t worth the risk. You shouldn’t risk more than 4 times your potential return against the Western Conference-leading Nuggets.
Against the spread
SUNS -10.5 (-105) is how I’d bet on the spread with the uncertainty surrounding the starters on the Nuggets. Denver is on the 2nd leg of a back-to-back and early reports indicate that C Nikola Jokic is questionable after missing Thursday’s contest and G Jamal Murray is unlikely to play.
The Suns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win and the Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
OVER 226.5 (-108) looks like a solid bet with the Suns having F Kevin Durant back in the lineup. Both of these teams are top 12 in offensive rating.
The Suns are 9-3-1 to the Over in their last 13 games overall and the Over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Phoenix.
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