On Friday, the Phoenix Suns (0-2) will welcome the Denver Nuggets (2-0) to the Footprint Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. For Game 2, the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 97-87 to take control of the series with a 2-0 lead. After suffering two defeats in a row, it’s time for the Phoenix Suns to rediscover their winning form. Taking on the Denver Nuggets, they are determined to put an end to their losing streak.
Form Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have had a successful season in spite of their 4-6 record in the last 10 games against the Denver Nuggets, having won 49 of their 89 matches and going 30-14 when playing at the Footprint Center. Unfortunately, they were defeated 97-87 in their latest matchup.
Heading into Friday’s match, the Phoenix Suns have been nothing special in their offensive production, clocking in at an average of 113.7 points per contest. Despite typically boasting a solid defense, the Phoenix Suns have struggled of late. They’ve given up an average of 115.2 points – far greater than their usual 111.8-point allowance per game.
The Phoenix Suns have met expectations by advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. Now, the question on everyone’s mind is whether this fourth-seeded side has what it takes to push beyond this point. Their 49-40 season record suggests nothing is off the table.
Chris Paul is the only reported injury concern for the Phoenix Suns ahead of Friday’s game.
Devin Booker’s outstanding performance against the Denver Nuggets earned him 35 points, topping all of the Phoenix Suns players. He was successful on 48.3% of his shots and knocked down four of his three-pointers with a 50.0% accuracy, leaving fans in awe.
Form Denver Nuggets
The court was ablaze with energy as the Denver Nuggets team came out on top with a 97-87 victory against the Phoenix Suns. Over the last ten games, they’ve had a 7-3 record, and during the season, their record away from home has been 20-23.
The Denver Nuggets have scored an average of 115.6 points during 89 NBA games, putting them in the middle tier among all teams. Defensively, the Denver Nuggets have restricted opponents to 111.7 points per game on average and 115.2 points on the road.
With a roster of exceptional talent and a winning pedigree, the Denver Nuggets are aiming for a Championship run. Will they take down their opponents and secure a place in the Finals? Only time will tell, but this first-seeded team is ready to face any challenges that come their way.
The only reported injury concern for the Denver Nuggets is Collin Gillespie.
Nikola Jokic was the star of the Denver Nuggets side when they faced Phoenix Suns. He put up 39 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Aaron Gordon added 16 points to the away team’s account, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14.
The Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns had quite the rivalry during the regular season. They went back and forth with two wins each. With a decisive 2-0 lead in the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets are looking to extend their winning streak. They capitalized on their home-court advantage to take their opening games against the Phoenix Suns at the Ball Arena – first by 125-107, then by 97-87.
The Phoenix Suns managed an average of 110.4 points a game in their ten most recent outings against the Denver Nuggets, who averaged 112.8 points.
Bet365.com has the betting lines for the Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets matchup on Friday.See what they have in store on their website.
- Moneyline (ML): Denver Nuggets (+145) | Phoenix Suns (-165)
- Against the spread (ATS): Denver Nuggets +3.5 (-110) | Phoenix Suns -3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 224.5 (-110) | (-110)
Need some extra betting funds for Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets? Claim your risk-free bet here
Bet on the Phoenix Suns to win (1.61) on the moneyline.
The Phoenix Suns have not been doing so well lately, having lost their last two games. However, they boast a strong home record, with eight out of their last ten games played at the Footprint Center ending in a win. The odds of -165 suggest a probability of 62% that they will stay successful at home. Despite their red-hot form of late, the Denver Nuggets are the +145 road underdogs. They’ve won their last three games straight up, going 7-3 in their most recent games.
The Phoenix Suns should be able to get back in the win column on Friday when they take on the Denver Nuggets in their home court. Even though they are coming off a loss, they are still the favorites to come out on top.
Against the Spread
Take the Phoenix Suns -3.5 (1.91) as they are the best bet.
The oddsmakers predict the Phoenix Suns to win the game, but only by a slight margin. The hosts open up as the 3.5-point favorites. The Phoenix Suns were victorious in four out of their last five home encounters in this series. The average margin of victory was 16.3 points.
At the Footprint Center, the Phoenix Suns have put together a 23-20-1 ATS record. Their record for the season is 44-43-2 ATS. In seven out of ten matches recently, the Phoenix Suns couldn’t beat the spread. They held a scoring average of 114.4 points and permitted opponents to 115.5 points per game.
The Denver Nuggets are now 48-38-1 ATS for the season after covering the spread in two straight games. In their last ten, Denver Nuggets topped the spread seven times, scoring an average of 113.1 points and conceding 105.3 points.
Take the Total over 224.5 (1.91) for the best over/under bet
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 224.5. This is 11.3 points higher than the combined 213.2-point average the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of -110.
At the Footprint Center, the Phoenix Suns have gone 21-22 O/U against the total. Their record for the season is 46-41 O/U. The total has gone over in no less than four of the last five home contests. It averaged 238.0 points per game. In all the Phoenix Suns are 7-3 O/U across their past 10 home and away games combined.
The Denver Nuggets are 41-45 O/U against the total this season. Their record on the road is 22-19 O/U. The total has gone over in three of the previous five Denver Nuggets games, averaging 229.2 points. The Over is 6-4 in the 10 most recent contests.