Will Jamal Murray Play Tonight? Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/01/2021, 6:00 PM EST
Dec 28, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) dribbles past Houston Rockets forward Christian Wood (35) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns are off to a blazing start for the 2020-21 NBA season. After winning 4 of their initial 5 games, they hold the #2 seed in the Western Conference.

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In the hopes of continuing this phenomenal form, they will travel to Denver for their Friday night battle against the Nuggets at 9:00 PM ET.

The addition of Chris Paul has completely changed the atmosphere of the franchise. CP3 has elevated the level of his teammates, and they are expected to make a deep playoff run this season.

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On the other hand of the spectrum, the Nuggets haven’t had a good start. They are 1-3 right now and are still struggling to find their touch.

Can they shrug off this poor form? We will find out tonight. Till then, let’s have a look at the expected lineups and injury updates for both sides.

Denver Nuggets injury updates and predicted lineup

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) passes the basketball to center Nikola Jokic (15) against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In their last game, Michael Porter Jr. had a phenomenal scoring night. He ended up with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Nuggets to win.

However, in their match against the Suns, Porter Jr. will be sidelined as he is going through the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Along with Porter Jr. Jamal Murray will most likely sit out this game too. He missed their last fixture against the Kings as well due to an elbow injury, and there is still no good news about his return.

So the predicted lineup for the Denver Nuggets is Monte Morris (G), Gary Harris (G), Will Barton (F), Paul Millsap (F), and Nikola Jokic (C).

Phoenix Suns injury updates and predicted lineup

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots the ball against Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The trio of Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and DeAndre Ayton is doing wonders for the Suns. Their Big 3 has given the team one of the best starts in the league. Furthermore, they have the potential to be one of the top teams this year as the season progresses.

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As for their injury concerns for the next game, Jalen Smith and Abdel Nader will most probably miss the game. So the expected lineup for the Suns is Chris Paul (G), Devin Booker (G), Mikal Bridges (F), and DeAndre Ayton (C).

Game Prediction

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As the Denver Nuggets are not at their 100%, the Suns should come home with a victory. Furthermore, the Suns have huge momentum with them following their phenomenal start to the season.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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