When: 10:00 EST, January 22nd, 2021
Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Point Spread: Suns -1.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 219.5
Road Record: 3-2
Home Record: 3-1
Denver Nuggets Vs Phoenix Suns Gameday Preview
Tonight will be the third game for Phoenix after having three postponed due to COVID-19. It will also be the second game against Denver this season. The Suns won in Denver, 106-103, on New Year’s Day.
Nikola Jokic is getting some early season buzz as an MVP candidate, and with good reason. The Denver Nuggets star is averaging a triple-double 14 games into a 72-game schedule, and he is flashing improved defense and dunking ability.
“It’s just like watching a surgeon pick somebody apart,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Nikola is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He is the best center in the world.”
Jokic will be tested when the Nuggets play the Phoenix Suns tonight, the first of two straight days of playing in Phoenix.
Michael Porter Jr. Porter could return tonight but has not played since Dec. 29, 2020.
The Suns are led by Devin Booker, but Deandre Ayton is showing why he was the first overall pick in the 2018 draft.
The 22-year-old Ayton is averaging 13.9 points and 12.1 rebounds a game and is coming off a season-highs in points (26) and rebounds (17) in a win over Houston on Wednesday night.
Big nights like the one against the Rockets are becoming expected with Ayton, and his veteran teammate Chris Paul said criticism of the center is to get more out of him.
“Everybody on this team is so hard on him because we know what he’s capable of,” Paul said. “To be one of the greats in our league, you just have to have consistency and he’s more than capable of it.”
Nuggets Vs Suns Facts
- Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Suns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
- Over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
Denver Nuggets Vs Phoenix Suns Alternative Fantasy Basketball-Statement Games Picks
Nuggets 106 Suns 109
- 10 PT Pick: Deandre Ayton OVER 19.5 PTS
- 9 PT Pick: Deandre Ayton OVER 9.5 Rebounds
- 8 PT Pick: Nikola Jokic Will HAVE A Triple Double