Denver to ease past Phoenix

The Denver Nuggets continue their quest for the Western Conference title this weekend when they take on an ailing Phoenix Suns side that sit bottom of the WC standings.

Nuggets to steamroll dismal Phoenix

Denver have racked up 31 victories this season – just a couple behind Western Conference leaders Golden State Warriors – and the Nuggets could well be worth a punt at 17.00 to be the Best in the West.

Michael Malone’s men suffered a 114-108 defeat to the Utah Jazz last time out – their 15th defeat of the campaign – but they will be confident of getting back to winnings on home soil this Saturday and are 1.91 to beat the 15.5 Spread.

The Nuggets have been sensational at the Pepsi Center, boasting an impressive 20-4 record in their own backyard, and they should have no problems getting the better of a Phoenix outfit that have lost 20 times on the road.

Nikola Jokic has been particularly impressive for Denver this season with an average of 19.8 points per game, whilst he is also averaging just under eight assists and three turnovers per match.

Phoenix are enduring a season to forget as they sit bottom of the Western Conference and are 9.00 in the moneyline. They head into the contest on a five-game losing run, having been dealt heavy defeats by the Pacers, Raptors, Hornets and Timberwolves (twice).

Two in a row for Utah

Utah picked up an impressive victory over Denver last time out and they will be confident of keeping that momentum going when they welcome Minnesota to the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz, who are sitting in the middle of the pack in the WC, have struggled for consistency this season but they have produced arguably their best performances on home soil.

Quin Snyder’s men are 14-9 at home, compared to their 13-13 record on the road, and they have won seven of the last eight games in front of their supporters, landing impressive wins over the likes of the LA Lakers and Detroit Pistons.

The Timberwolves recently recorded back-to-back wins over Phoenix although it would have been a huge shock if Minnesota had failed to overcome an opposition that are sitting rock-bottom of the Western standings.

Minnesota have generally struggled on their travels and it will take a big effort for them to get the better of a Jazz side that are on a huge high after that win over the Nuggets and maybe worth a go on the -10 Spread at 1.91.

Pacers to feel Oladipo absence

Everything appeared to be going well for Indiana this season with 32 victories leaving them in contention for the Eastern Conference title, but a huge blow against Toronto last time out threatens to derail their campaign.

Guard Victor Oladipo was removed from the court on a stretcher with a right knee injury during the 110-106 win over the Raptors on Wednesday in Indianapolis, with the Pacers describing the injury as “serious”.

Oladipo, who had four points, three rebounds and one assist before exiting with 4:05 left in the first half, is Indiana’s leading scorer at 19.2 points per game and this could be his second spell out of action, having missed 11 games in November and December due to right knee soreness.

Despite being in a poor run of form, Memphis can take advantage of the situation and gain revenge for the heavy 111-83 loss they suffered against Indiana back in October last year.

Oklahoma to overcome Milwaukee

In a massive game for both teams, Oklahoma, who are pushing for the Western title and are 15.00 to lift the trophy, play host to Milwaukee, who are riding high at the summit of the Eastern standings.

The Thunder have racked up some impressive wins recently against the Trail Blazers, 76ers and the Knicks, with those results keeping them in contention for the EC spoils.

Milwaukee, who are 17.00 to win the NBA Finals, are in some mean form themselves and victories over the Hawks, Heat, Grizzlies, Magic and the Mavericks have helped cement their position at Eastern leaders.

However, the Bucks have suffered some disappointing defeats on the road this season, with the loss to the Wizards earlier this month sticking out, and it will be very difficult for them to get one over on Oklahoma, who have been in great form at home.