The Phoenix Suns took down the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers in six games to advance to the next round of the playoffs where they will take on the Denver Nuggets. In the first game of the series, the Suns will enjoy a home-court advantage and will try to set the tempo. Devin Booker put on a show in his first playoffs appearance, ending his last game with 47 points to help take down the Lakers.
Meanwhile, after a thrilling series with the Trail Blazers that ended in six games as well, the Nuggets now begin the next stage of their campaign. MVP contender Nikola Jokic looks to produce more breathtaking performances to help his team move on to the conference finals.
NitroBetting news gives you a preview of the Nuggets vs. Suns opening game, featuring important team information and key players. In addition, you can find the latest betting trends and expert betting predictions that will help you secure the best picks.
Nuggets vs. Suns Game 1 Information
- When: Monday, June 7, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Nuggets) // 98.7 ARIZONA SPORTS (Suns)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns (-196) // O/U 221.5
Why Bet on the Denver Nuggets?
The Nuggets are coming off an impressive shooting night in their last game, hitting 44% of their 3-point attempts, with Michael Porter Jr. sinking six 3-pointers in the first quarter. Monte Morris is also responsible for this, producing ten 3-pointers and combining for 50 points in his last two games for the Nuggets. Despite not having Murray at their disposal, the team is holding up well.
Facundo Campazzo and Austin Rivers are holding the backcourt well and do enough in terms of scoring to cover for Aaron Gordon on bad shooting nights. Moreover, PJ Dozier and Will Barton are added to the list of questionable players in Game 1.
Nikola Jokic continues his run as Denver’s point man. The Serbian big man averaged 33 points in the series against the Blazers. Thanks to a strong supporting cast, Jokic can continue to focus on his strengths on the court. But if he wants to overcome the Suns, he needs to dig deep and remain efficient throughout this series.
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
The Phoenix Suns’ lethal early start got the best of LeBron James and the Lakers in Game 6. They set the tempo early on and left the defending champions struggling for pace throughout the game. Chris Paul is still not at 100%, but Devin Booker is doing an amazing job controlling the team’s backcourt. They were unstoppable from the 3-point range while recording an overall roster efficiency of 50.7% in the entire series. Devon Booker, Cameron Johnson, and Jae Crowder all did well to deliver productive nights from beyond the arc.
Devin Booker ran the offense in his last two games against the Lakers to help secure a 4-2 series win. He recorded 47 points and 11 rebounds to close off their final game of the first round. More than that, this surpasses Charles Barkley’s franchise record of scoring over 45 points and ten rebounds in a playoff game. Ultimately, after leading his team early into Game 6, the Suns will look to capitalize on this same strategy and get a head start against the Nuggets on Monday night.
Nuggets vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Nuggets are 6-4 in their last 10 away games.
- The Nuggets are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 away games.
- The totals have gone over 4 times in the Nuggets’ last 5 games.
- The Suns are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
- The Suns are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under 5 times in the Suns’ last 10 games.
Nuggets vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction
All eyes are on Nikola Jokic following his superior showing in the first round. His presence is further for. We expect all aforementioned players to produce the numbers against the Suns. On the other hand, the Suns face several injury concerns, but Devin Booker’s numbers are enough to provide insurance and good chances of winning. The Suns enter the game as slight favorites, while the Nuggets aren’t far behind. The latter can cover the spread and even threaten to snatch a win on the road.
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