Nuggets at Suns Game 2 Odds & Picks
Denver Nuggets (47-25 SU, 34-38 ATS) at Phoenix Suns (51-21, 42-28), 6/9/21
When: 9:30 pm ET Wednesday, June 9
Where: Suns Arena
Point spread: Den +6/Phx -6
The Suns grabbed the opener of this Western Conference semifinals series with a Game 1 victory Monday night and shoot for the 2-0 lead when the teams meet again Wednesday night in Phoenix. The Suns actually trailed a good part of the way Monday night, then hit the gas in the third quarter and pulled away. Can Phoenix cover a touchdown Wednesday night? Can Denver avoid a 2-0 hole? Here’s our homework for Game 2 and our free NBA playoffs pick.
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds
The NBA playoffs betting market opened Phoenix at -6 for this Game 2 with an over/under of right around 221. Early betting action then bumped that total a point and a half to 222.5.
Nuggets-Suns NBA Betting Preview
Phoenix leads this Western Conference semifinals series one game to none after winning Game 1
Wednesday night at home 122-105. The Suns actually trailed Denver Wednesday 70-60 early in the third quarter, then outscored the Nuggets 62-35 from there for the victory and the cover as six-point favorites.
Phoenix shot 54 percent from the floor Wednesday, limited Denver to 46 percent FG shooting, held a 44-41 edge on the boards, and won the turnover battle 12-10.
With Monday’s win/cover, the Suns are 5-2 both SU and ATS this playoff season.
With Monday’s loss, the Nuggets are 4-3 both SU and ATS this postseason.
Denver continues to play without guards Jamal Murray (21 PPG this season) and Will Barton (13 PPG), and we wonder when their absence will catch up to them. Perhaps that begins now, in this series, although Phoenix is a pretty good team anyway. With Monday’s loss, the Nuggets are now 17-8 SU, 12-13 ATS since losing Murray, 13-7 SU, 10-10 ATS since losing Barton.
Phoenix finished four games ahead of the Nuggets in the regular-season standings, 51-21 to 47-25, but Denver took the season series from the Suns two games to one. So these two teams have now split four meetings this season, both SU and ATS.
All three of those regular-season meetings played close; one was decided by three points, the other two in overtime. And Monday’s game was close most of the way until Phoenix took control in the fourth quarter.
Nuggets-Suns NBA Playoffs Betting Trends
- The Nuggets played 22-14 SU, 18-18 ATS on the road this season.
- The Suns played 27-9 SU, 23-13 ATS at home this season.
- The Nuggets played 20-17 SU, 15-22 ATS against teams that made the playoffs this season.
- The Suns played 26-11 SU, 24-12 ATS vs. teams that made the playoffs this season.
- The visiting team is 3-1 both SU and ATS in Nuggets-Suns games this season.
Overs played 39-33 in Nuggets games this season, which averaged 225 total points.
Overs played 42-30 in Suns games this season, which averaged 225 points.
Overs played 2-1 in Nuggets-Suns games this season, but one of those games needed overtime to go over. Another game also went to overtime but played over in regulation. Without those two overtime periods, those three games averaged 211 total points against an average O/U of 218. But Game 1 of this series played over its total of 222.5 thanks to five meaningless points in the last minute.
Free NBA Playoffs Pick
Phoenix guard Chris Paul is still dealing with a sore shoulder, but he’s playing well anyway. And with a healthy Paul, the Suns might win it all. Meanwhile, Denver has played very well without two-fifths of its starting lineup, but we gotta believe that will eventually catch up to them. Like it did Monday night. We like Phoenix here, minus the points, for our free NBA playoffs, pick for Wednesday. Bet your NBA Playoffs picks FREE this week by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $300 at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use bonus code PREDICT100 to receive the special bonus!)