With the chase for the playoffs winding down, Saturday, April 21st’s key NBA betting showdown between the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns is one that you certainly aren’t going to want to miss.
The Nuggets are the next team that can clinch a spot in the playoffs in the Western Conference. They enter the day on Friday in the No. 7 slot, and they know that one more win will get the job done. This one is key though, because getting up to No. 6 is still possible, while falling out of the entire postseason is obviously still a possibility with just four games to play. The best news that Denver has to look forward to in this one is the way that it has dominated this series of late. Just two weeks ago, the Nuggs came away with a 105-99 victory at Pepsi Arena, which was their fifth straight win and cover against the Suns. However, there are definitely some concerns. Danilo Gallinari is coming off of an 0-for-7 shooting night, and he is supposed to be one of the most consistent scorers that this team has to offer. The good news is that the likes of Kosta Koufos and Kenneth Faried are getting the job done in the paint, giving Head Coach George Karl the ability to bring JaVale McGee off of the bench in specific situations if need be defensively.
A 93-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night was absolutely critical for the Suns, who are still battling for those last playoff spots in the Western Conference. A loss in this one at home, and there is going to be just one spot left to be had by either Phoenix, the Utah Jazz, and the Houston Rockets, all of which are separated by just a game coming into Friday night. Phoenix has to be very careful on the glass in this one, knowing that it has been outrebounded (and sometimes badly) in three of its last four games. Save for Marcin Gortat, there isn’t another man in the starting five that really even has the remotest potential at a double-double on most nights, save for Steve Nash with points and assists. Keep an eye on the status of Grant Hill in this one. He has been battling a knee injury that was supposed to be no big deal whatsoever, but he has now missed two straight games. Hill is listed as probable for this one, but it is definitely a situation worth monitoring.
The Final Word: If Gallinari gets his shooting stroke back, the Nuggets are going to be tough to beat in this one, even on the road. The oddsmakers are likely to install them as underdogs in the desert, and we just don’t think that’s justified. Take the big boys from Denver to outmuscle the Suns to get into the postseason.
Denver Nuggets @ Phoenix Suns Pick: Denver Nuggets
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