Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets 01/12/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets Preview

In a battle of the Western Conference’s first and last place teams, the Phoenix Suns (10-33) host the Denver Nuggets (28-12) tonight.

Phoenix is entering tonight’s game at home having lost their last game and losing eight of their last 10 games. Denver won their last two games and have won seven of their last 10.

In their last matchup on December 29, Jamal Murray had a big game, finishing with 46 points in the Nuggets’ 122-118 win. Rookie center DeAndre Ayton also had a standout game with 33 points and 14 rebounds.

Denver is looking for their third straight win against the Suns this season, who could be without Devin Booker.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/12/19
Time: 9:00pm ET
Arena: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Channel: ALT2/FSA+

Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup

PGTyler Johnson
SGDevin Booker
SFMikal Bridges
PFJosh Jackson
CDeAndre Ayton

Suns Analysis

phoenix sunsThe Phoenix Suns struggled to keep up with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night without Devin Booker. Josh Jackson did well stepping into the starting lineup with 17 points and six rebounds, and T.J. Warren also played well.

The Suns were on the second game of a back-to-back, and rookie center DeAndre Ayton struggled in limited minutes. He and fellow rookies Mikal Bridges and De’Anthony Melton only scored a combined 16 points.

One encouraging sign for the Suns is that Kelly Oubre Jr. has played well, with his best two games coming in the last two since arriving in Phoenix. He had 26 points in a win against Sacramento and then added 14 points against Dallas.

Suns Quick Links: Suns Starting Lineup, Suns Roster, Suns Depth Chart, Suns Injuries, Suns News, Suns Schedule

Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup

PGJamal Murray
SGGary Harris
SFWill Barton
PFPaul Millsap
CNikola Jokic

Nuggets Analysis

Denver NuggetsThe Nuggets are looking for their third straight win after their previous five-game win streak was snapped by the Houston Rockets.

Denver eked out a 103-99 win against the Heat but had a big 121-100 win over the high-scoring Los Angeles Clippers.

Against the Clippers, Denver’s defense limited Marcin Gortat, Avery Bradley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Patrick Beverley.

Nikola Jocic had yet another triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, and he had several highlight-worthy passes giving him a case for being the best passing big man in the league.

Gary Harris is listed as questionable for tonight’s game, and Will Barton has still not made his return. Denver is already the top team in the West and when they get those two players back, the rest of the league has plenty to fear when they see a very deep Nuggets team on their schedule.

Nuggets Quick Links: Nuggets Starting Lineup, Nuggets Roster, Nuggets Depth Chart, Nuggets Injuries, Nuggets News, Nuggets Schedule

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets Betting Odds

The Nuggets are -9 favorites to win tonight’s game on the road and extend their winning streak. The over/under is 218 points. There has been some movement on the moneyline since the Nuggets opened at -550. Denver is now live at -450.

Denver is 11-9 on the road and 22-7 as the favorite. Phoenix is 6-17 at home and 9-31 as the underdog.

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

If Devin Booker ($8.6k) plays, he and Nikola Jocic ($11k) are the fantasy standouts for tonight’s matchup. Booker is projected for 41.85 points. Jocic has been a triple-double machine and he’s expected to have a big game with FanDuel projecting him for 50.48 points.

T.J. Warren ($6.8k) and Paul Millsap ($6.7k) are value players for their respective teams. Warren is projected for 31.34 points, while Millsap is projected for 30.58 points.

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