The Phoenix Suns Will Host The Denver Nuggets.
When the Phoenix Suns host the Denver Nuggets in the second game of their Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night, they hope to extend their postseason winning streak to five games. The Suns, who beat the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, used a 65-point second half to win Game 1 against Denver, 122-105, and are now looking to take a 2-0 series lead. The Nuggets, who also lost the opener in the first round vs. Portland, return to the court 24 hours after center Nikola Jokic was named NBA MVP.
The game will begin at 9:30 p.m. ET in Phoenix. In the latest Suns vs. Nuggets odds, William Hill Sportsbook has the Suns as five-point favourites, with the over/under for total points scored at 224.5. Before you make any Nuggets vs. Suns predictions, check out SportsLine’s proven computer model’s NBA predictions and betting advice.
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For the matchup, here are some NBA odds and betting trends:
- Suns -5 in the Nuggets vs. Suns game.
- Over/under for Nuggets vs. Suns: 224.5 points
- Money line for the Nuggets vs. Suns matchup: Nuggets +175; Suns -200
- Will Barton (hamstring) is questionable, and P.J. Dozier (adductor) has been ruled out for the Denver Nuggets.
- PHO: In their last four games, the Suns have covered the spread.
Why The Suns Are Able To Cover.
Chris Paul, injured his shoulder in Game 1 against the Lakers and only averaged 9.2 points and 7.7 assists in the series was outstanding in Monday’s victory. He was outstanding down the stretch, scoring 14 of his 21 points on 6-of-6 shooting. The 36-year-old became the league’s oldest player with 20 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds.
Devin Booker, who scorched the Lakers for 77 points in the final two games of the series. Matched with Paul’s 21 points while taking just 12 shots. With 20 points and 10 rebounds, centre Deandre Ayton more than held his own against Jokic, giving him four double-doubles in as many games against Denver this season. Mikal Bridges set a new playoff high with 23 points, which led the team.
Why The Nuggets Are Able To Cover.
With 22 points and nine rebounds in Game 1, Jokic came close to a double-double. Those numbers paled in comparison to his averages of 33.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers. More surprisingly, Jokic did not have a point, rebound, or assist in the fourth quarter, which was a surprising turn of events for a player who averaged close to a triple-double per game in the regular season.
Another concerning development for Denver was the fact that second-leading scorer Michael Porter Jr. was limited in the second half due to a back issue. Porter, who had 15 points and seven rebounds in Game 1, was listed as questionable for Game 2, though Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he was “good to go.” Aaron Gordon had his highest point total of the playoffs with 18 points, and he’s now averaging 18 points per game.
How to choose between the Nuggets and the Suns
The total is projected to be 222 points by SportsLine’s model, which is leaning under. In simulations, one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of the time, according to the model. That selection is only available at SportsLine.
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