Nuggets vs. Suns Betting Preview (January 23rd, 2021)

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Jan 5, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) shoots the ball over Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ed Davis (17) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets will try to sweep the second game of back-to-back with the Suns just one night after pulling out a 130-126 overtime win behind 31 points from star center Nikola Jokic. Bettors in states such as Colorado can get in on the action.

Let’s take a look at some noteworthy bets in our Nuggets vs. Suns betting preview, including odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Suns Betting Preview

The Nuggets have won three of their last four games, with the only defeat during that stretch coming last Sunday night against the Jazz. The 8-6 Suns, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four. The lone win throughout that span came on Wednesday night over the Rockets by a score of 109-103.

Neither team is off to a hot start, but it’s clear both squads need a win on Saturday night to begin building momentum as the season progresses past its opening phase.

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The Nuggets haven’t had much trouble on the scoring front this season, averaging 116.6 points per game (fifth in the NBA). However, the defensive end is where they are having issues. Denver is yielding an average of 112.7 points per game, a mark that’s 21st in the NBA.

Nuggets vs. Suns Odds

All lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Spread: Nuggets -2.5 (-112) // Suns +2.5 (-109)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets -136 // Suns +114
  • Total: Over 216.5 (-110) // Under 216.5 (-112)

Bets We Like Regardless Of Outcome

Over 216.5 Total Points (-110, DraftKings Sportsbook)

As mentioned above, this is a game featuring a strong Nuggets offense but weak defense. Phoenix, a team that is in the top half of the league in scoring (110 points per game), should have little trouble finding holes and consistently creating easy looks against a suspect defense that has struggled to consistently gel thus far.

It’s worth noting that the over has hit in 11 of Denver’s 15 games this season. The Nuggets’ average total this season is also 229.3 while the Suns’ average total is 219.2. There’s little reason to suspect this trend faltering tonight.

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Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Nikola Jokic Over 22.5 Points (+100, FanDuel Sportsbook)

Simple question here.

You’re telling me Nikola Jokic won’t be able to put up at least 23 points en route to another win for Denver?

Jokic is red-hot right now and has scored at least 23 in each of his last five games. He also surpassed the above total in 10 of 15 games this season. The Nuggets are on a roll right now while Phoenix has struggled to find its footing in recent days. Momentum suggests that Jokic will surpass this total and lead Denver to a win. With FanDuel’s same game parlays, bettors can pair these two outcomes together to maximize profits.

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Jamal Murray Over-4.5 Assists (+100, BetMGM)

Jamal Murray seemed to have this Phoenix defense figured out on Friday night, dishing out nine assists in the victory. Expect him to have the same type of game on Saturday and snag at least five in that statistical category.

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Nuggets vs. Suns Prediction

A close game between these two teams took place on Friday night, with Denver winning by just four in overtime. This game figures to be tight once again, but there’s little reason to think Jokic can’t take over again to propel his team to a win and cover.

The pick: Take the Nuggets to both win outright and to cover the spread.

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