Denver Nuggets to lock top spot

Denver Nuggets to lock top spot

The Denver Nuggets is looking to finally secure the top spot in the contest with a win against the Phoenix Suns. Nuggets just need a win in this match in order for them to secure the top spot in the standings. The Suns on the other hand is looking to get their seventh-straight win through this game. Coming into this match, these two teams are from different results as the Nuggets is from a 124-103 loss against the Rockets. Meanwhile, the Suns are coming into this game from a 115-94 win against the Spurs. This meeting will be hosted by the Suns on April 7, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams already have three meetings this season prior to this match, and this match is already their last meeting in the regular season. From those three meetings, the visitors are the better team, winning two of those three matches. In the league, these two teams are from the West, where the visitors are in the better place. They are currently sitting at the top of the West with 52 wins from their 79 games. The hosts on the other hand are at the fourth with 44 wins from their 79 games. Additionally, the hosts are looking to split their series against the visitors with a win here.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

Although the Nuggets are currently sitting at the top of the West, they still have not secured the number one seed yet. Nuggets just needs one win in order to clinch the top seed, which is why they are eager to win this match. However, they are coming from a shocking defeat on their last game, losing against the Rockets. Their momentum recently is not good, as that loss already marks their third loss from their last four matches. The fourth quarter of that match is the turning point of that game as they were outscored, 38-18 in that meeting. Additionally, they allowed 20 turnovers and 20 offensive rebounds which is very unlikely for the Nuggets. They are currently at the 10th in offense with 115.9 points per game and ninth in defense allowing 112.5 points per game.

Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray, who leads the Nuggets with 24.8 and 20 points per game respectively, are both a doubt here. Jokic is questionable because of some tightness in his right calf, while Murray suffered a thumb injury last match. Along with them is Zeke Nnaji who is also a doubt, while Collin Gillespie is an absentee.

Phoenix Suns

NBA: Phoenix Suns
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Suns are looking to get their seventh straight victory in the league, in preparation for the upcoming playoffs. It is good to have a good momentum for the playoffs for higher chance of qualifying in the next rounds. On their last match, they thrashed the Spurs in a 115-94 win. On that match, it was Devin Booker who led the Suns with 27 points, but that win is from a collective effort. They outrebounded the Spurs on that match, having 57 rebounds, compared to the Spurs’ 38. Additionally, they shot over 48.3% from the field. However, the free-throw shooting does not work well for them as they only shot over 73.1%. This is an area they need to improve because sometimes, the free-throw shooting changes the results of the game. Offensively, they are at the 17th with 113.7 points per game, but are the fourth in defense allowing only 111.3 points per game.

Devin Booker leads the Suns with 28 points per game. He is getting contributions as well from Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton who are chipping in 25.6 and 18 points per game apiece. Fortunately, they are no injury concerns for the Suns, and they can go all-out in this match.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.85

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