Phoenix faces Denver, seeks to end 5-game skid
Phoenix Suns (11-38, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (31-15, second in the Western Conference)
Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix heads into the matchup against Denver as losers of five games in a row.
The Nuggets have gone 18-10 against Western Conference opponents. Denver is 7-2 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
The Suns have gone 4-20 away from home. Phoenix is 4-24 in games decided by 10 points or more. The Suns won the last meeting between these two squads 102-93 on Jan. 12. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the way with 26 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nikola Jokic has averaged 19.8 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Nuggets. Monte Morris is shooting 54.8 percent and has averaged 10.2 points over the last 10 games for Denver.
Devin Booker is first on the Suns with 6.9 assists and scores 24.2 points. Oubre Jr. has averaged five rebounds and added 16.9 points per game over the last 10 games for Phoenix.
LAST 10 GAMES: Suns: 2-8, averaging 106.1 points, 37.1 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 9.9 steals and 7.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting.
Nuggets: 6-4, averaging 114.7 points, 45.4 rebounds, 28 assists, 6.2 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting.
Nuggets Injuries: Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Jarred Vanderbilt: day to day (foot), Isaiah Thomas: out (hip).
Suns Injuries: TJ Warren: out (ankle), Deandre Ayton: out (ankle), Richaun Holmes: out (foot).