Phoenix plays Denver, looks to stop road skid

Mon, Mar 4, 2024
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Phoenix plays Denver, looks to stop road skid

Phoenix Suns (35-26, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (42-19, third in the Western Conference)

Denver; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix travels to Denver looking to break its three-game road slide.

The Nuggets are 24-13 against conference opponents. Denver is 4-3 in one-possession games.

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The Suns are 21-19 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix ranks ninth in the Western Conference with 10.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Thaddeus Young averaging 3.5.

The Nuggets average 11.5 made 3-pointers per game this season, 1.6 fewer makes per game than the Suns give up (13.1). The Suns score 6.8 more points per game (117.1) than the Nuggets give up to opponents (110.3).

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Nuggets won the last meeting 119-111 on Dec. 2, with Nikola Jokic scoring 21 points in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jokic is shooting 58.1% and averaging 25.9 points for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.

Kevin Durant is scoring 27.8 points per game and averaging 6.7 rebounds for the Suns. Royce O'Neale is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Phoenix.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 113.3 points, 45.9 rebounds, 30.9 assists, 8.0 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.7 points per game.

Suns: 5-5, averaging 116.2 points, 47.0 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 8.2 steals and 7.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.4 points.

INJURIES: Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (knee), Braxton Key: day to day (personal), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: day to day (personal).

Suns: Devin Booker: out (ankle), Bradley Beal: day to day (rest), Damion Lee: out (knee), Nassir Little: out (knee), Jusuf Nurkic: day to day (neck).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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