Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Odds For Game 1
After three games in the first round, I wasn’t sure we’d be seeing much of the Phoenix Suns this postseason. Now, just a few days later, I think they’re my pick to win it all. If Chris Paul is playing well, there are no teams in the West and maybe 1 or 2 teams in the NBA that can match up with them. Devin Booker was unstoppable in a closeout game. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever to see him in that scenario and he didn’t disappoint. The Nuggets come in banged up but riding the stellar play of eventual MVP Nikola Jokic. Let’s make some Nuggets vs. Suns predictions for Game 1.
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Odds Moneyline Odds
Denver Nuggets +176
Phoenix Suns -185
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Odds Spread
Denver Nuggets +4.5
Phoenix Suns -4.5
Denver Nuggets Preview
There are a couple things to consider for this Nuggets team. The first is the obvious lack of Jamal Murray following his season-ending injury. If Murray was still playing, this Nuggets team would have real title aspirations. Without him they lack any real depth or scoring in the backcourt.
It’s all frontcourt for this team. Austin Rivers and Facundo Campazzo aren’t exactly a guard pairing that gives off the greatest feeling of confidence. Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Micael Porter Jr. are elite but they’ll need some scoring surrounding them to hold off the Suns. I also don’t love the DeAndre Ayton matchup for Jokic. Ayton is a plus defender and could give Jokic issues on offense as well.
Phoenix Suns Preview
How exactly do you attack this Suns team when they’re fully healthy? Chris Paul is still playing great basketball, Devin Booker showed us he can get a bucket whenever he wants and Ayton has started coming in to his own this season/postseason. Here is the one place I see an issue for Phoenix. Size.
The Nuggets are MASSIVE up front. Who is guarding Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr.? Mikal Bridges will get eaten alive inside by either of them and Frank Kaminsky isn’t exactly a defensive force. The Suns will try and run out and out-pace the Nuggets, but I worry about their defense in the half court. Devin Booker and Chris Paul are going to have to match any damage the size of the Nuggets does.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Odds Game 1 Key Information
Date: Monday, June 7
Time: 10:00 pm ET
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena
How To Watch Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Odds
TV Channel: TNT
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Odds Prediction
Phoenix -4.5 @ -110