Update: Gordon and Murray are both out on the first night of a back-to-back for the Nuggets. The line is now Denver -1, and the total has moved to 223. Suns +1 is our ATS play, and the under on 223 is now the move with some big-time scorers out.
Update: The Suns have ruled Booker out for this game, and are now 3.5-point underdogs against Denver. The total is now 223.5. Denver’s injury report is still not settled completely, so things could shift again later.
The Denver Nuggets (13-6) will be on the road to take on the Phoenix Suns (11-7) on Friday, December 1. Tipoff from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona is set for 10 p.m. ET and the game will air on ESPN. The Nuggets have won three in a row, while Phoenix’s seven-game win streak came to an end on Wednesday.
Denver has some injuries to keep an eye on with two questionable players and one that is probable. Point guard Jamal Murray is questionable with a sprained right ankle as is power forward Aaron Gordon with his heel injury. Forward Peyton Watson is probable due to an illness.
The injury report for Phoenix is relatively light. They will still be without shooting guard Bradley Beal as he is still awaiting re-evaluation of his lower back strain. Shooting guard Devin Booker is questionable for Friday’s game due to an ankle injury.
The Nuggets are 2.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. Denver is installed at -135 on the moneyline, with Phoenix as the +144 underdog. The point total is set at 225.5.
Nuggets vs. Suns, 10 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Suns +2.5
Phoenix is 9-8-1 covering the spread this year, while Denver is 7-11-1. Despite this, coming off a loss, the Suns are 3-3 against the spread and fell 112-105 against the Toronto Raptors their last time out. They could still benefit from the Nuggets struggling to cover on the road. They are 2-8 against the spread as the away team, which is the worst record in the league. Even after a win, Denver is 4-7-1 against the spread. It could come down to if Booker plays, but this feels like a Phoenix cover at home.
Over/Under: Over 225.5
Denver has experienced a surplus of scoring in its win streak, putting up at least 132 points in two of the three. Phoenix has scored at least 110 points in seven of the last eight games. The Suns’ defense should be able to slow down the Nuggets a bit, so I don’t think we’ll see another 130-point performance but I still think the over should hit.