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Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Tuesday night features a busy slate in the association, and one of the best matchups occurs in Denver, Colorado featuring the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns are looking to even the season series, but that won't be easy as the Nuggets have won six straight games.

Between Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, Jamal Murray, and Nikola Jokic, there will be plenty of star power on the court, and it should be a great game.

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets betting picks and predictions

Denver Nuggets -9.5 (-110)

The Suns announced that Devin Booker will be out for the next week and a half with an ankle injury, and that leaves a huge hole in their offense.

In their last game against the Thunder without Booker, the Suns lost 118-110 and Royce O'Neale struggled in Booker's starting role. Without Booker's offensive presence, the Suns rely too much on Durant and Beal, and that could be a big problem against an elite Denver defense.

The Nuggets have won six straight games with their most recent win coming against LeBron James and the Lakers. Denver has also defeated the Heat, Kings, and Warriors during their win streak.

If the Suns had Booker, a chance at an upset isn't out of the question. However, they are a completely different team without their star player and lead ballhandler, so this should be an opportunity for Denver to extend its win streak.

Under 223.0 (-110)

The Phoenix offense has been relatively quiet recently. In their last six games, the Suns average 112.5 points per game and have logged over 115 points just once in that span.

That average will likely only decrease in the next few games without Booker too. However, the Suns make up for their lackluster offense by playing excellent defense. Plus, their center Jusuf Nurkić has been dominant on the glass this season and that doesn't allow many second chance opportunities for teams.

In the last six games, the Nuggets offense has been incredibly efficient, but the Denver defense also ranks in the top 10. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Christian Braun have been the stars of the defense lately and Jokic has also been defending the paint well. If Jokic and Nurkić can defend the rim for their respective teams, it seems hard to imagine that this game sees more than 223 points.

Kevin Durant Under 7.5 Rebounds (-130)

It's going to be a battle on the glass between Jokic and Nurkić. In Phoenix's most recent game, Nurkić had an insane 31 rebounds.

That was easily his season high, but Nurkić has also recorded 22, 13, 13, and 10 rebounds in just the last week or so. He's become one of the best rebounders in the Western Conference, and for Tuesday's game, he will have to match up against Jokic in the glass.

Jokic has recorded double-digit rebounds in six straight games and is the primary rebounder for the Nuggets. If the glass is swamped with Jokic and Nurkić fighting for the rebound, it will be difficult for Durant to get his.

Plus, since Booker is out, the Suns will need Durant to stay on the perimeter more and be a shot creator, not a rebounder. In the previous matchup between these two teams, Durant finished with just four rebounds.

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Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets odds

PHO Suns

+340 ML

DEN Nuggets

-440 ML

Spread

DEN -9.5

Total Points

O/U 223.0

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets player props

Player Points

Nikola Jokic

O/U 26.5

Jamal Murray

O/U 21.5

Kevin Durant

O/U 27.5

Bradley Beal

O/U 18.5

Michael Porter Jr.

O/U 16.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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