Denver Has Phoenix on the Ropes
The Denver Nuggets took control of their second round series with the Phoenix Suns after a dominant Game 5 performance. That victory gives the Nuggets a 3-2 series lead, putting the Suns on the brink of elimination in Game 6.
Will Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and company extend this series to a deciding Game 7? Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds.
Nuggets Regain Control
Denver mightily struggled in Games 3 and 4 in Phoenix but found its footing back home in Game 5. They dominated from the beginning against the Suns as their starters came ready to play.
Those who bet online saw Nikola Jokic dominate, scoring 29 points while collecting 13 rebounds and 12 assists. He was accompanied by Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter, Jamal Murray, and Bruce Brown in double digits.
As a team, they shotl at a blistering percentage from behind the arc. It’s hard to lose when you knock down 13-of-27 3-point attempts on the night for a phenomenal 48.1%.
Moving forward, Denver knows that its starters will need to play big minutes. Every starter on the Nuggets had a plus/minus of 18 or above, while each of their reserves was in the negatives.
If you’re doing NBA live betting for Game 6, you want to see Denver’s starters in there longer. The bench has underperformed in this series – especially in games in Phoenix.
Booker, Durant Need Assistance
The Suns are happy to be home as the home team has won every matchup through this series. However, their last performance wasn’t what they wanted. Kevin Durant and Devin Booker carried the load as the only two players to notch over 14 points. They need help.
The other three starters combined fo 22 points, which was less than Booker and Durant individually. Their bench combined for 26 – also well below what they need.
Phoenix could potentially get Chris Paul back onto the floor in Game 6 and that would improve its chances for covering the sportsbook.
The reliable veteran point guard has averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 assists per game throughout the playoffs but has missed Games 3, 4, and 5 due to an injury suffered at the end of Game 2.
It was previously reported that he had a chance to return to this series, but that window is rapidly closing. Paul coming back into the fold could help the Suns get a win at home to extend the series.
Nuggets vs Suns Game Injuries
Nuggets vs Suns Head-to-Head
In the regular season, the Nuggets and Suns split four games. In the postseason, Denver holds a narrow 3-2 series lead. In total, Denver has won five of the nine games against the Suns this year.
Nuggets vs Suns Game Information
- Game: Nuggets (53-29) vs Suns (45-37)
- Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Thursday May 11, 10 p.m. ET
- Nuggets vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Nuggets vs Suns Betting Lines
Nuggets vs Suns Picks and Prediction
One big factor that has kept coming up throughout this series has been home-court advantage and that’s something to focus on here in terms of your NBA picks.
The home team has won every single game so far, and that seems to continue here in a battle between two uber-talented rosters.
If you’re looking to bet on this game, roll with the Suns to keep this streak going, especially if they are able to get Paul back onto the floor after missing the last handful of games.
Phoenix is listed at -165 in our Vegas NBA lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Suns, there’s a chance to win $61. Denver is +145 with a chance to win $145 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Nuggets a 40.82% chance to win, with the Suns at 62.26%.
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Nuggets vs Suns Game Summary
Suns vs Nuggets Previous Game(May 9. 2023)
Since Paul’s injury, the Suns have flipped their play. Of course, his playmaking on offense would be a boost. However, if he does not play, do not let it affect your sport bets too much. Booker has taken on a ball-handling role through the postseason and has flourished. He has been perhaps the best player of the playoffs.
After the Denver Nuggets took a 2-0 series lead, many NBA predictions wrote off the Phoenix Suns. Denver dropped back-to-back games to the Suns in the desert, knotting the series at 2-2.