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Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets Opening Night Odds: How To Bet, How To Watch, and Start Time

With the Phoneix Suns taking on the Denver Nuggets to open their season, Ryan Kirksey has you covered with all you need to know.
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Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets Opening Night Odds: How To Bet, How To Watch, and Start Time

It’s the reigning MVP versus the Western Conference champions tonight in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Semifinals that saw the upstart Suns sweep the favored Nuggets out of the playoffs on their way to the NBA Finals.

In terms of each team’s rosters, not much changed since the end of last season. Both squads should roll out the same starting fives that squared off in May, with only ancillary pieces shuffling around for both teams. The Nuggets (+1000 to win the West) and the Suns (+850) both have hopes of a long playoff run again this year, and each will be looking to make a statement against the other in this opening-night contest.

Both teams ranked in the bottom six in Pace last season and both ranked in the top 11 in defensive rating, so with little turnover on these rosters, expect this to be a slow-paced slugfest that will have a hard time reaching the implied total (224)

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He is the league’s MVP, an All-Star, first-team All-NBA, the consensus number one pick in fantasy drafts, so there’s nothing much left for Jokic to prove besides taking the Nuggets to the NBA Finals. Considering the turnover and chemistry issues on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers missing their best player, and the Utah Jazz infamous playoff chokes, this could be the year for Denver. But they have a significant hurdle to clear.

Denver will look to tread water in a tough Western Conference race until late in the season when they hope to get Jamal Murray back from an April ACL injury. In the meantime, new starting point guard Monte Morris and last season’s trade deadline acquisition Aaron Gordon will team up with Jokic and ascending star Michael Porter Jr. (19 points, 7.3 rebounds per game last season) to form one of the league’s most versatile and potent starting fives.

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Last season, the trio of Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton formed one of the league’s most underrated Big Three options. Paul understandably took a step back in scoring (16.4 points per game) while pushing up his assists (8.9 per game, highest since 2017) and his defense (4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game). This allowed Booker (25.6 points per game on 48% shooting) and Ayton (14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds) to have some of the best seasons of their careers offensively.

Underrated role players Jai Crowder and Mikal Bridges are two-way studs that helped Phoenix rank in seventh in offensive rating and sixth in defensive rating last year, one of just four teams in rank top-10 in both. The double Camerons (Payne and Johnson) are still the go-to options for offense on the bench, and will continue to play key roles in the Suns’ tight nine-man rotation.

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Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Key Information

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 10:00 pm ET

Where: Phoenix

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns TV Channel & Live Stream

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Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction

Under 224 (-109)


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