Suns look to outshine Nuggets

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2020-21 NBA Regular Season

Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

23 January 2021, 05:00 CAT
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Suns will look to outshine the Denver Nuggets when the teams meet in a 2020-21 NBA Regular Season game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on the morning of 23 January 2021, with tip-off at 05:00 CAT.

With the Suns still finding their feet this season, the emergence of Devin Booker as both a key player and a team leader bodes well for their future, with the 24-year-old determined to see Phoenix put up a better showing than their nightmare prior to the 'bubble' at Disney World last season.

“I always say it’s my toughest adjustment to the NBA — how to deal with the losing and still remaining a leader,” explained Booker.

Michael Malone - Nuggets coach
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"Book’s a winner,” said Phoenix coach Monty Williams. “He plays winning basketball. He’s got a high IQ. We’ll talk about stuff, and he’s completing my sentences because he knows where I’m going.”

The Nuggets, meanwhile, have shown signs of promise but need to fully unleash the talents of players such as Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, while coach Michael Malone will be relieved to know that Michael Porter Jr. Is set for a return to the team after a bout of Covid-19.

"I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that,” Malone said. “For me, we had eight games in 14 days, barely had time to breathe, so it was all about preparing for the next game… with the guys that we have. We’ll figure Michael Porter out when he’s cleared and ready to come back,”

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In head-to-head terms, the Suns and the Nuggets have met in 180 Regular Season games since 1976-77. Phoenix have claimed 98 wins compared to 82 for Denver.

The teams met four times in the Regular Season in 2019-20, with the Nuggets claiming victories in all of the games. Denvers most recent win in February 2020 was 117-108 thanks to 36 points from Jamal Murray.

Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets – Head-to-head

Regular season games played: 180
Suns wins: 98
Nuggets wins: 82

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Published: 01/21/2021