The Phoenix Suns try to extend their post-season win streak to five games when they Denver Nuggets in the second game of their Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. The Suns, who knocked out the defense NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, used a 65-point second half en route to a 122-105 win in Game 1 vs. Denver and now bid to take a 2-0 series lead. The Nuggets, who also lost the opener in the first round vs. Portland, return to the field 24 hours after center Nikola Joki was named NBA MVP.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET in Phoenix. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Suns as five-point favorites, while the over-under for total runs scored is 224.5 in the last Suns vs. Nuggets Opportunities. Before You Play Nuggets vs. Suns choices make sure that: view NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- nuggets vs. Sun spread: Sun -5
- nuggets vs. Sun’s over-under: 224.5 points
- nuggets vs. Suns Money Line: Suns -200; Nuggets +175
- PINE TREE: Will Barton (hamstring) doubtful and PJ Dozier (adductor) ruled out
- PHO: The Suns have covered the spread in their last four games
Why the Nuggets Can Cover
Jokic just missed a double-double in Game 1 with 22 points and nine rebounds. Those numbers pale in comparison to his series averages of 33.0 points and 10.5 rebounds against the Portland Trailblazers in the first round. Even more surprising, Jokic had no point, rebound or assist in the fourth quarter — a shocking development for a player who averaged nearly a triple-double per game in the regular season. Jokic became the first center to win MVP honors since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.
Another troubling development for Denver was an outdated problem that limited the second-best scorer Michael Porter Jr. In the second half. Porter, who finished with 15 points and seven boards, was considered doubtful for Game 2, although Nuggets coach Michael Malone expressed confidence that he would be “good to go”. Aaron Gordon had his highest playoff output with 18 points, scoring at least 13 in six of his last seven games.
Why the suns can cover
Point guard Chris Paul injured his shoulder in Game 1 vs. the Lakers and averaged just 9.2 points and 7.7 assists in the series, but the 11-time All-Star played admirably in Monday’s win. He was great all the way through, scoring 14 of his 21 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter. The 36-year-old became the oldest player in league history to register 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in a playoff game.
fellow guard Devin Booker, who burned the Lakers for 77 points in the last two games of the series, matched Paul’s backcourt by 21 points and took just 12 shots. Centre Deandre Ayton more than his man against Jokic with 20 points and 10 rebounds, earning him four double-doubles in as many encounters against Denver this season. Mikal Bridges scored his playoff high with a team leadership of 23 points, knocking out 4-of-8 3-point attempts.
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SportsLine’s model leans low on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 222 points. The model also says that one side of the spread reaches more than 50 percent in simulations. You can only get that choice at SportsLine.
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