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NBA : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 2/18/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore




PHOENIX (30 - 21) at DENVER (24 - 27)
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games30-21+16.633-1726-22104.953.645.9%51.4101.851.045.1%51.8
Road Games13-12+14.718-711-13101.852.644.6%50.9101.750.545.0%53.6
Last 5 Games2-3-3.32-32-2104.852.846.8%50.2106.050.647.4%45.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)104.953.639-8445.9%9-2537.0%18-2476.4%511219228155
vs opponents surrendering100.450.438-8345.1%8-2135.8%18-2375.3%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)101.852.638-8544.6%9-2635.0%17-2275.8%511120228145
Stats Against (All Games)101.851.038-8445.1%6-1933.8%20-2676.9%521220217154
vs opponents averaging100.250.138-8345.2%8-2136.0%18-2375.4%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)101.750.538-8445.0%6-1833.2%20-2677.4%541221216155

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-27-15.422-2825-25103.053.544.8%54.3104.554.445.2%53.3
Home Games14-11-11.210-1511-13103.355.144.2%56.7101.552.243.5%54.5
Last 5 Games1-4-30-52-295.847.441.1%50.4115.857.850.7%55.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.053.538-8544.8%8-2336.1%19-2672.7%541222237156
vs opponents surrendering100.250.237-8345.1%8-2135.6%18-2475.4%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)103.355.138-8644.2%9-2336.9%18-2671.9%571223227157
Stats Against (All Games)104.554.439-8745.2%7-2034.0%19-2675.1%531222218135
vs opponents averaging100.650.438-8345.1%8-2135.8%18-2376.0%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)101.552.238-8743.5%7-2034.2%19-2573.7%551122228135
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 96.2,  DENVER 95.7
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/10/2014@ MEMPHIS99-104L3L194.5O38-9241.3%50642-8648.8%618
1/11/2014@ DETROIT108-110L1.5L205.5O37-9439.4%511244-9446.8%6815
1/13/2014@ NEW YORK96-98L4W198.5U33-9335.5%561035-8143.2%6118
1/15/2014LA LAKERS121-114W-11L214O49-10049.0%601743-9147.3%4717
1/26/2014@ CLEVELAND99-90W1.5W204.5U34-8241.5%631234-8639.5%5014
1/27/2014@ PHILADELPHIA124-113W-5W214.5O43-8053.7%461940-8746.0%4521
1/29/2014@ MILWAUKEE126-117W-8.5W201.5O42-7853.8%451538-8942.7%469
1/30/2014@ INDIANA102-94W11.5W200.5U39-9142.9%561238-8743.7%5615
2/5/2014@ HOUSTON108-122L8L214.5O42-9046.7%501339-7154.9%4413
2/8/2014GOLDEN STATE122-109W-4.5W208.5O43-8053.7%541741-8448.8%3812
2/18/2014@ DENVER              
2/21/2014SAN ANTONIO              
2/26/2014@ UTAH              
2/28/2014NEW ORLEANS              
3/4/2014LA CLIPPERS              
3/6/2014OKLAHOMA CITY              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/9/2014OKLAHOMA CITY101-88W3W211U37-9041.1%601230-8535.3%5812
1/13/2014@ UTAH103-118L-6L205O37-8444.0%521144-7955.7%5011
1/15/2014@ GOLDEN STATE123-116W9W213.5O45-8354.2%521639-9043.3%4912
1/19/2014@ PHOENIX103-117L1.5L217.5O36-8243.9%501046-9150.5%5810
1/23/2014@ PORTLAND105-110L7W221U39-7949.4%501938-8843.2%479
1/26/2014@ SACRAMENTO125-117W-4W216.5O42-8151.9%441142-8151.9%4816
2/3/2014LA CLIPPERS116-115W0W215.5O40-8348.2%621742-8450.0%4511
2/7/2014@ NEW YORK90-117L2L210U32-7642.1%422348-8556.5%5023
2/8/2014@ DETROIT109-126L1.5L216O41-8846.6%592050-9851.0%5110
2/10/2014@ INDIANA80-119L10.5L197.5O28-8931.5%461146-8057.5%6014
2/12/2014@ MINNESOTA90-117L6.5L208U33-8439.3%532145-8652.3%5210
2/20/2014@ MILWAUKEE              
2/21/2014@ CHICAGO              
3/1/2014@ PORTLAND              
PHOENIX: GUARDS: ERIC BLEDSOE immediately becomes the Suns' best player. He dominated for stretches while backing up Chris Paul . . . GORAN DRAGIC and Bledsoe will play together since they're the two best players on this team. Dragic also has enough size to match up with most twos . . . After a disappointing stint as a starter, SHANNON BROWN will return to the second unit . . . KENDALL MARSHALL doesn't fit new coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo style. The Suns will move him if they can . . . ARCHIE GOODWIN looked lost at times at Kentucky, but his ability to get to the line bodes well for his NBA future . . . GERALD GREEN is the kind of athlete who could make an impact on an up-tempo second unit . . . MALCOLM LEE is here in case Marshall is dealt. FORWARDS: MARKIEFF MORRIS has some upside as a skilled stretch four. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons, and playing in Honracek's up-tempo system should only help him take the next step forward . . . MARCUS MORRIS is still a man without a position, a tweener in a bad way. The Suns will try to make him into an effective second-unit guy . . . CHANNING FRYE missed all of last season with a heart ailment, and the Suns don't seem to be expecting to get anything from him this season.CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT will keep the seat warm for Alex Len. He doesn't fit this up-and-down offense . . . ALEX LEN must become more assertive and the bust factor is high, but 7-footers with his mobility and touch don't come around often . . . MILES PLUMLEE could get minutes as a defensive specialist after making just 5-of-21 FG as a rookie.
DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON is turning into something of a one-man army as the roster around him crumbles. As good as he is as a quick playmaker who can knock down an open three, his supporting cast is lacking . . . EVAN FOURNIER is better than RANDY FOYE now, and he's certainly a bigger part of Denver's future. Fournier proved surprisingly ready for the NBA last season. While Foye brings more scoring power to a team that suddenly lacks offense, he's both inefficient and one-dimensional . . . NATE ROBINSON will provide instant offense and lead the second unit . . . ANDRE MILLER will lose a few minutes this year, but the 37-year-old still has good basketball left. FORWARDS: Coming off a late-season ACL tear, DANILO GALLINARI will be lucky to make it back by December . . . KENNETH FARIED will likely never develop into anything more than an energy guy and high-volume rebounder, but he's good at what he does . . . WILSON CHANDLER can shoot and defend multiple positions. With Gallinari a question mark, he could be in for a much bigger role this year . . . DARRELL ARTHUR is an interesting second-unit player. He's an athlete who was starting to show some skill in Memphis before getting hurt . . . Gunning wingman JORDAN HAMILTON may get a longer look in the second half of the season . . . QUINCY MILLER is likely ticketed for more D-League action . . . ANTHONY RANDOLPH is a lost cause. CENTERS: The time has arrived for JAVALE MCGEE. The front office wants him on the floor full-time. For all the knucklehead plays, he's still an incredible athlete in a massive 7-foot frame . . . Talk of J.J. HICKSON potentially starting is absurd. A brutal defender unable to play within the flow of an offense, he's a second-unit talent . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is Plan B behind McGee. The 7-footer can defend and set screens.
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*Suns-Nuggets Preview* ======================

Phoenix (30-21) at Denver (24-27), 9:00 p.m. EDT

Evidence of the Phoenix Suns' turnaround this season can be seen in their success against the Denver Nuggets.

The Suns can sweep the season series from the Nuggets for the first time in nine seasons and rallied from a big deficit to win in their last visit to Denver entering Tuesday night's matchup.

Phoenix (30-21) is one of the league's biggest surprises after finishing with the Western Conference's worst record a season ago. The Suns have already surpassed that woeful 25-win campaign with an exciting, uptempo style that has them averaging 25.4 3-point attempts for the NBA's second-best mark and 104.9 points per game to rank sixth.

"I think we knew we did from the beginning of training camp, because we had good chemistry and we thought we had a lot of talent," said center Miles Plumlee, who is in his first season with the Suns. "And our guys have gotten a lot better since last year. And the first couple games in, we were doing well and we just started realizing it from there on out."

While the Suns' Jeff Hornacek is one of the favorites to win coach of the year honors, it's been a more difficult first season as a head coach for Brian Shaw. The new Nuggets coach inherited a team that won at least 50 games in each of the last five 82-game seasons with 10 straight playoff berths, but those marks are in serious jeopardy now.

Denver skidded into the All-Star break on a four-game losing streak in 11th place in the West at 24-27, six games out of the eighth spot.

Shaw's first season as an NBA head coach has been trying, as evidenced by his spat with Andre Miller, who was initially suspended two games, a punishment that was revoked so he could continue to get paid but which failed to lead to a quick resolution. Miller hasn't been around the team since the incident with Shaw on New Year's Day.

"I'm learning as I go," Shaw said. "I'm learning our team as we go. I'm not going to make any excuses; it was the hand we were dealt and we just have to continue to work."

Nuggets leading scorer Ty Lawson is expected to miss a third straight game with a left rib fracture, and that could prove advantageous for Goran Dragic.

Dragic has been a major catalyst. He averaged 25.4 points in his final eight games before the break, and was disappointed not to be named an All-Star.

"My dream was to play in the All Star Game," he said. "It's always next year, so I'm still going to try to do my best and hopefully someday I'm going to play in the game."

Phoenix had dropped eight of nine to Denver before taking the first three meetings in 2013-14 to move within a game of a sweep. The closest contest was the Suns' 103-99 road win Dec. 20 in which they trailed by 21.

Markieff Morris is averaging 23.0 points on 56.4 percent shooting in the season series for Phoenix, which has 42 assists to 21 turnovers in the two meetings in which Dragic has played.

Shaw has resorted to using third-year small forward Jordan Hamilton at point guard at times due to Lawson's absence. Hamilton did not play in the last two meetings with the Suns while he scored 19 in the first one, a 114-103 road loss Nov. 8 that Dragic missed with an ankle injury.

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