Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns - 10/20/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns - 10/20/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (0-0) vs Denver Nuggets (0-0)

Game Info: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -6 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Footprint Center. The Denver Nuggets have won no less than 46 games the last four seasons and hope they can contend for an NBA title this year. The Phoenix Suns will be out to prove last year was no fluke, as they won 51 games and made the NBA Finals.

The Denver Nuggets watched JaVale McGee and Paul Millsap leave this off season, while they add Jeff Green and the rookie Nah’Shon Hyland. The Nuggets will get full seasons from Aaron Gordon and Austin Rivers as they return to the lineup. Michael Porter Jr. continues to rise and could soon enter all-star status, while defending MVP Nikola Jokic will remain the straw that stirs the drink in Denver. Of course, the Nuggets won’t reach their full potential until the return of Jamal Murray, who suffered a torn ACL, but he’s not expected to be back until later next year. When fully healthy, the Nuggets are the ultimate dark horse when it comes to teams that can win an NBA title.

The Phoenix Suns didn’t do a ton this off season, as they lost Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig, while adding JaVale McGee, Elfrid Payton and Landry Shamet. That’s it for your Suns. The Suns are such a young team and the contracts lined up nicely to where the core of Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges remains intact. In fact, CP3, McGee and Jae Crowder are the only players on this Suns squad that are 30 years old or older. At 27, even Cameron Payne returns for his backup point guard role after giving the Suns big minutes throughout their postseason run. The Suns now have all the pieces in place, it’s just going to be interesting to see if they can now achieve success with increased expectations.

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The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Suns are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 8-3 in Nuggets last 11 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Suns last 8 overall. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns are pretty much the same team they were last season and I get there's a lot of excitement in the desert, but did the Nuggets change their roster significantly from a year ago? This line makes no sense to me. Yes, Jamal Murray is still out, but the Nuggets are still a very good basketball team and will have the best player on the floor for this game. The Nuggets are a title contender on paper and I have a hard time passing up this many free points with them, regardless of opponent. 

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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets +6

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