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Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns Predictions & Tips - Suns To Take Game 2

  • Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns predictions for Wednesday, June 9
  • Nuggets-Suns to tip-off at 02:30 BST (Thursday) at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
  • Phoenix won 122-105 in Game 1
  • Suns tipped to double series lead before roadtrip
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Leigh Copson 09 Jun 2021
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Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns Predictions & Tips


Phoenix can make it back-to-back home wins over Denver.

Chris Paul appears to be overcoming a shoulder issue and that is huge for Phoenix.

Paul pulled the strings as the Suns surged to victory in the second half in Game 1 of this series.

He can do it again to help Phoenix take a 2-0 lead before they head to Denver for Games 3 & 4.

  • Phoenix Suns won Game 1 122-105
  • Phoenix Suns had 4 players score 20+ points in Game 1
  • Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker is averaging 28.4 points per game in the playoffs
  • Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton is averaging 10.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs
  • Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul has recorded a double double in 3 of the 4 games vs Denver this season
  • Phoenix Suns are on a 17-2 run at home

Head To Head


  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time series 105-87
  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time playoff series 7-3

Denver Nuggets Form & Team News


Denver took six games to get the better of Portland in round one – and they needed plenty of points too.

The Nuggets averaged 120.8 points per game during that series, with Nikola Jokic playing a starring role with five 30+ point games and three double doubles.

Denver rebounded from a 123-109 Game 1 defeat with a 128-109 victory that saw Jokic put up 38 points.

He notched 36 more in Game 3 as the Nuggets won 120-115 in Portland to take the series lead.

The Trail Blazers were able to quieten Jokic in Game 5 as they levelled up the series with a 115-95 success.

Jokic responded in style as he racked up 38 points and 11 rebounds in a 147-140 double overtime win for Denver.

He then notched another 36 as the Nuggets sealed a 4-2 series win with a 126-115 victory.

Jokic was unable to hit 30 in Game 1 of this series with the Suns though – he managed 22 in a 122-105 defeat.

There is plenty of pressure on Jokic to deliver with Jamal Murray (knee) done for the season.

The Nuggets could also be without Will Barton (hamstring) and PJ Dozier (groin) for Game 2.

Phoenix Suns Form & Team News


Phoenix took full advantage of an injury to Anthony Davis as they knocked out the defending champions.

The Suns took Game 1 of the series with the Los Angeles Lakers, but Davis took over in Games 2 & 3.

As a result Phoenix found themselves 2-1 down heading into Game 4.

Davis went down injured in that game and the Suns ruthlessly took advantage with a 100-92 win.

Devin Booker took over the series with 30 points in Game 5 and 47 points and 11 rebounds in Game 6.

Those performances were crucial to 115-85 and 113-100 wins that sent Phoenix into round two.

They found themselves behind during the first half of Game 1 with Denver but came storming back after the break.

Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton both recorded double doubles, and Devin Booker contributed 21 points and 8 assists as a second-half surge propelled the Suns to a 122-105 victory.

Paul is not listed on the injury report, suggesting he is now over the shoulder injury that hampered him against LA.

Abdel Nader remains listed though – he is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

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Verdict

This could be a close series that goes 6 or 7 games, but Phoenix could make a perfect 2-0 start.

The Suns are in excellent form at home and the trio of Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton can lead them to another win.

Best Bet: Phoenix -6.0 Spread @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Chris Paul & Phoenix Double Double & Moneyline @188.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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