Phoenix faces Denver, looks for 4th straight victory
Denver Nuggets (51-25, first in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (41-35, fourth in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Suns -8.5
BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix seeks to build upon its three-game win streak with a victory against Denver.
The Suns have gone 26-20 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix has a 4-9 record in games decided by less than 4 points.
The Nuggets are 32-14 in conference play. Denver has a 6-6 record in games decided by less than 4 points.
The teams play for the third time this season. In the last matchup on Jan. 12 the Nuggets won 126-97 led by 21 points from Nikola Jokic, while Torrey Craig scored 16 points for the Suns.
TOP PERFORMERS: Deandre Ayton is averaging 18.1 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. Devin Booker is averaging 30.2 points, four assists and 1.5 steals over the past 10 games for Phoenix.
Jamal Murray is averaging 19.8 points and 6.1 assists for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 3.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.
LAST 10 GAMES: Suns: 4-6, averaging 115.8 points, 42.7 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 7.1 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.9 points per game.
Nuggets: 5-5, averaging 113.8 points, 40.5 rebounds, 28.9 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 50.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.1 points.
INJURIES: Suns: None listed.
Nuggets: Nikola Jokic: out (calf), Collin Gillespie: out (leg), Jack White: out (health and safety protocols).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.