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Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/29/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver Nuggets (22-11) at Phoenix Suns (9-27)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Suns +4.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5
TV Channel
AL2, FSAZ+
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NBA | Denver Nuggets (22-11) at Phoenix Suns (9-27)
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The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns meet Saturday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 109.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.7 points and 9.8 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing seven rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost their last four road games.

The Phoenix Suns look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.2 points and seven assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost seven of their last nine home games.

The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Suns are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Phoenix and 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Nuggets last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 10-4 in Suns last 14 home games.

The Denver Nuggets have owned the Phoenix Suns over the years and almost all of those wins have come by double digits. The Phoenix Suns are playing better basketball as of late, but they're still being outscored by nearly six points at home and completely ran out of gas last night against the OKC Thunder. The Denver Nuggets are starting to heat up these last couple of weeks and the road struggles can only last so long with a team this talented. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Nuggets on the road.

Pick:
Denver Nuggets -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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