Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (16-29) at Denver Nuggets (23-22)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets meet Friday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.

The Phoenix Suns need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.2 points and 4.6 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. Greg Monroe is the third double-digit scorer and Mike James is dishing 3.8 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost three straight road games.

The Denver Nuggets need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.2 points and 3.2 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.1 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won four of their last five home games.

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The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Suns are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver, 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 27-13-1 ATS in the last 41 meetings.

The Denver Nuggets aren't playing well enough to be throwing numbers out there this large, especially against a Phoenix team that can score. The Nuggets are being outscored by 7.6 points in their last five games and are allowing 47.2 percent shooting during that stretch. You can say what you want about the Suns, but they put the ball in the hoop and compete. Give me the buckets as a fade from the Nuggets here.

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Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns +8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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