When Chris Paul went down with a wrist injury just before the All-Star Break, many predicted that the Phoenix Suns would take a big hit. Well, that hasn’t happened, and the Suns have actually lengthened their lead atop the Western Conference. The Suns currently hold a nine-game lead over the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the West.
On Wednesday night, the Suns will be in Minnesota for a matchup against one of the hottest teams in the league in the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then on Thursday, they’ll travel to Denver to take on Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. Denver will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, have a night off, and then will play the Suns on Thursday night. Let’s have a look at the upcoming match between the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets so you can bet against the NBA Odds.
NBA Betting Preview for Phoenix Suns at Denver
Phoenix Suns Analysis
The Suns will be cruising into the playoffs with the top seed barring an epic collapse. Even without Paul, the Suns have played stellar basketball. Heading into Tuesday night’s game, they’ve won eight of their last ten and are currently sitting with a record of 58-14, the best record in the NBA.
The Suns are the best road team in the league as well, as they’re 28-6 away from home. This team is favored to win the NBA title, and until someone proves that they’re better, they’ll be favored to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Devin Booker has played well in the absence of Paul. Booker has taken over as the leader of the team while Paul has been out, and he has been unstoppable at times.
Deandre Ayton has also stepped things up in the post, and Mikael Bridges has improved throughout the season and has been playing well. This team can score and also plays well on the defensive side of the ball.
Denver Nuggets Analysis
As for the Denver Nuggets, every game is critical for them. Heading into Tuesday night’s action, they’re in the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Teams want to avoid being in 7th-10th, as those teams will be in the play-in tournament to get into the final field of eight.
Denver is in good shape now, but they are only a half-game ahead of the 7th place Timberwolves right now, and Minnesota is playing some of the best basketball in the league.
Although Nikola Jokic has struggled over the last few games, he is still one of the leading candidates to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. Jokic is averaging 26 points, nearly 14 rebounds, and eight assists per game. Without Jokic, the Nuggets aren’t in the playoff race.
Besides Jokic, all four of Denver’s other starters are averaging in double figures in points. Will Barton and Aaron Gordon have played well all season, and Monte Morris has been a surprise at the point guard position. Denver had been anticipating that this would be the year that Michael Porter Jr. would become a star player, but a back injury has sidelined him for the season.
This should be a fun game to watch. Phoenix will be coming off of a tough game in Minnesota and will have to travel to Denver to play in the high altitude.
Denver hasn’t been playing great basketball, but they will have a day off prior to hosting the Suns. We like Phoenix to win a close one.