We have a heated Western Conference matchup headed your way this weekend when the Denver Nuggets go on the road to visit the Phoenix Suns.
While these two teams are not the favorites to win the Western Conference, they are two of the best teams that the league has to offer.
Stars will be on both teams with Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul and Devin Booker featured in this game.
The Suns have surprised the league as a dark horse in the race to the playoffs, while Denver has let down fans with a bit of a rocky start to the year.
I like both of these teams a lot, so let’s break down the matchup and help you determine your best bets.
Denver Nuggets Betting Preview: All Offense, No Defense
What’s been the story for Denver in the last couple of seasons is their attention to defense.
While they are one of the premier offensive teams in the league, they have yet to show that they can defend any team for a full 48 minutes.
Nikola Jokic is having an electric start to the year averaging a triple-double with splits on 25-11-10 splits.
The return of Michael Porter Jr. is nice to help bolster their depth, but he won’t be able to help them out on the defensive side of the ball.
Bringing back a 20 point per game scorer will help any squad, so maybe this will be the spark plug to get the Nuggets season on the turnaround.
Matching up against the Suns, Jokic may have a little bit of trouble finding his way down low, but in open space he should be able to cook Deandre Ayton for a big game.
Phoenix Suns Betting Preview: A Cohesive Team
Individually, when comparing their numbers to last season, the Phoenix Suns have regressed across the board.
Each of their big stars — Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker and Chris Paul — are all averaging less points per game.
Chris Paul was their big addition in the offseason, and he has brought this team together in ways we did not even think were possible.
Their rotation is balanced and deep, and the burden is lifted from Booker’s shoulders trying to carry the offensive load.
The days where Booker’s shot attempts are in the 20’s and 30’s are over, and their team can play together and put five scorers on the floor at once.
Nuggets @ Suns Betting Odds and Lines
These teams’ records are not too far apart, and coming into this one, MyBookie has the Denver Nuggets favored on the road at a clip of -2.
The Nuggets have the best player on the floor, but the Suns have proven themselves to be the more complete team this season and have the home court advantage.
Free Betting Pick
Nikola Jokic has been out of his mind and is completely matchup proof so far this season.
Make it two in a row for the big man.
Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Denver Nuggets @ -2