If the season ended last night, the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns would be the last two teams in the Western Conference to make the playoffs. In order to hold onto their current spot, both teams could use a huge win on Saturday.
The best thing about the end of the regular season is the opportunity to examine games and make free NBA picks. Which team matches up better with the other when these two teams get together?
The Nuggets have a ton of size and depth to mess with the Suns’ rhythm. Phoenix will be playing at home, which gives them the 4-point edge according to oddmakers. They also have more to play for, since a loss could send them down to 10th place in the Western Conference.
As far as my free NBA picks, I have to go with the Nuggets. It should be a close game, and I think the 4-point spread for the Suns is too much. I feel like the Nuggets will win, but even if they lose by 3 points or less, you will win your bet. It isn’t the playoffs yet, but this game will be played at that type of level. Therefore, the 210.5 combined total over/under is way too high in my opinion.
Pick: Denver Nuggets (+4), under (210.5)