When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Pepsi Center
TV/Radio: ALT; 950 AM
Spotlight on Devin Booker: The 21-year-old guard is coming off another outstanding individual performance, dropping 43 points — 22 in the fourth quarter — to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals in Tuesday’s 118-111 loss at Portland. Complementing jumpers with impressive finishes at the rim, Booker is averaging 25.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in his third NBA season. But the Nuggets held Booker in check during their last meeting earlier this month, as he went 4-of-13 from the field and finished with 17 points.
Suns: They have lost three in a row and five of their last six, dating back to a 134-111 defeat in Denver on Jan. 3. … Phoenix is also battling injuries, as second-year big man Marquese Chriss (hip) and second-leading scorer TJ Warren (back) did not play in Tuesday’s loss to the Trail Blazers. … The Suns entered Thursday ranked 29th in the NBA in defensive rating (109.5 points allowed per 100 possessions) and 26th in offensive rating (102.7 points per 100 possessions).
Nuggets: They are 4-7 in their last 11 games, falling to ninth place in the Western Conference at 23-22 following Wednesday’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. During that stretch, Denver is shooting 44.7 percent from the field, which ranked 23rd in the NBA entering Thursday. … Starting point guard Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) is not expected to play against the Suns. Murray’s absence shifted utility man Will Barton into that spot, while Mason Plumlee rejoined the starting lineup to pair with Nikola Jokic inside. Denver also called up two-way rookie Monte Morris on Thursday to provide extra depth at point guard. … The Nuggets committed 17 second-half turnovers for 19 points in the loss to the Clippers. On the season, Denver entered Thursday ranked 28th in the NBA in turnovers (15.7 per game) and 28th opponent points off turnovers (19.4 per game). … Friday’s contest kicks off a five-game homestand for Denver, its second-longest of the season.