Suns vs Nuggets: Injury Updates, Team News, Match Preview & Predictions

Published 12/23/2019, 11:08 AM EST
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Match details-

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Fixture: Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets

Date & Time: Monday, December 23, 2019, 9:00 PM ET (Tuesday, 2:00 AM GMT)

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Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona.

Preview-

Having won five consecutive games at home, Denver Nuggets travelled to Los Angeles on Sunday to  register an impressive win over the Lakers. With 20 wins in 28 games, the Nuggets are now second in the Western Conference. The 128-104 win must have lifted the spirits for the team from Colorado, and with it, they will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to face a Suns team that is quite a few places below them in the Western Conference table.

With a win-loss record of 11-18, the Suns are in the 11th in the Western Conference. The Suns will be coming into the game after a loss to Houston Rockets at home on Saturday. The Suns have now lost their last six games and won only two out of their last 10.

In the Nuggets win over the Timberwolves, Denver was led on offense by Nikola Jokic.  Jokic had a phenomenal game recording a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Injury updates & team news-

Phoenix Suns-

Injuries: Dario Saric (leg injury)- Probable, Frank Kaminsky (Knee)- Probable, Ricky Rubio (Illness)- Questionable, Deandre Ayton (Ankle)- Out

Expected starting line-up: Elie Okobo, Devin Booker, Dario Saric, Kelly Oubre Jr., Aron Baynes

Denver Nuggets-

Injuries: No injuries

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Expected starting line-up: Jamal Murray, Dary Harris, Paul Millsap, Will Barton, Nikola Jokic

Predictions-

Kelly Oubre Jr. has been doing well for the Suns. He was their highest scorer in their previous loss with 26 points. As for the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic has been a consistent performer along with the likes of Jamal Murray.

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The Nuggets have been one of the best defensive teams in the league although they haven’t scored a great number of points. But they should be able to crack the Suns defence and should be able to win comfortably.

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