The Phoenix Suns travel to Denver to face the Nuggets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series at the Ball Arena on Friday night. After securing a commanding 2-0 lead at home, the Suns expect a more challenging atmosphere as they play the next two games on the road.
The 123-98 scoreline meant it was a comfortable win for the Suns in Game 2, allowing the starters to get some much-needed rest before heading out to Denver. Meanwhile, it’s crunch time for the Nuggets as they have to close this deficit quickly to stand a chance at moving to the next round.
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Suns vs. Nuggets Game 3 Information
- When: Friday, June 11, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Ball Arena, Denver , Colorado
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: 98.7 ARIZONA SPORTS (Suns) // Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Nuggets)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets (-118) // O/U 223.5
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
After bulldozing the Nuggets with a 25-point lead in Game 2, the Suns established the momentum needed before hitting the road for Friday night’s game. Chris Paul led the team to victory with 17 points and 15 assists. He capped these numbers with 5 rebounds and 0 turnovers, shooting 60% from the field, and hit 2 of 2 attempts from beyond the arc.
We can’t talk about the upcoming game without mentioning Chris Paul. The veteran guard took apart the Nuggets’ defense with precision as he completed accurate passes and we expect him to continue playing a pivotal role in Game 3 of the Suns vs. Nuggets series. His prowess combined with the Suns’ defense means they can perform well even with the pressure of playing away from home.
Why Bet on the Denver Nuggets?
On the other hand, Michael Malone’s team suffered from a bad-shooting night, missing 3-points shots left and right. Michael Porter Jr., who remained questionable until before the game due to a back issue, ended the night with underwhelming numbers. He finished the game with only 11 points to his name, while adding 6 rebounds and an assist along the way.
The rest of the team failed to deliver the number required to keep the game close and were outscored in every quarter. Adjustments are needed before the next game, and it has to happen right away to avoid letting the Suns dictate the pace for the rest of the series.
This year’s MVP, Nikola Jokic, tried to lead his team, but simply didn’t have enough support. The Joker ended his night with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, which are relatively low compared to recent numbers he produced. Aaron Gordon and MPJ must do better, especially offensively in this upcoming pivotal match, than in Game 2.
Suns vs. Nuggets Betting Trends
- The Suns are 4-1 in their last 5 away games.
- The Suns are 4-6 against the spread in their last 5 away games.
- The totals have gone under 5 times in the Suns’ last 10 games.
- The Nuggets are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
- The Nuggets are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone over 7 times in the Nuggets’ last 10 games.
Suns vs. Nuggets Expert Betting Prediction
The Phoenix Suns continue to hold their title as the next game’s favorites, but expect the margins to be much smaller as the Nuggets enjoy their loud and proud home crowd. This is the latter’s chance to make up for lost momentum. If they can get back on track, they can make a solid comeback after suffering a devastating defeat in the previous game. On the flip side, we expect the Suns to keep doing what they’re doing and utilize Chris Paul’s leadership as it trickles down to inspire the rest of the team.
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