The 2021 NBA Playoffs roll on with the Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets second round matchup and BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of Suns-Nuggets Game 1 odds for Monday, June 7. The No. 2 seed Suns advanced thanks to a first-round series vicotry of the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The No. 3 seed Denver Nuggets got passed the No. 6 seed Portland Trail Blazers in arguably the most entertaining first round series.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to provide his thoughts on the Suns-Nuggets Game 1 odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com.
Before getting to the Suns-Nuggets Game 1, here is a look at the Suns-Nuggets series outcome odds.
- To Advance: Suns -220, Nuggets +175
- Suns to sweep (+550), Suns 4-1 (+300), Suns 4-2 (+400), Suns 4-3 (+450)
- Nuggets to sweep (+1800), Nuggets 4-1 (+1000), Nuggets 4-2 (+700), Nuggets 4-3 (+800)
SUNS-NUGGETS GAME 1 ODDS: PREVIEW
#3 DENVER NUGGETS (0-0) at #2 PHOENIX SUNS (0-0)
GAME 1: Monday, June 7. 10:10 p.m. ET. TNT
MONEYLINE: Suns -205 ML, Nuggets +165 ML
SPREAD: Suns -5
OVER/UNDER: 221.5 points
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I think most of the basketball watching public was hoping, or expecting, to see LeBron vs. Lillard in the second round. Instead, we get CP3 and the Phoenix Suns squaring off with the likely-MVP, Nikola Jokic.
There is quite a bit of data that is worth discussing here:
- The Suns play at a very slow pace, but since the addition of AAron Gordon and the injury to JAmal Murray, Denver has been one of the best half-court defensive teams in the NBA.
- The Suns thrive in the mid-range. Denver has been really effective at defending mid-range jumpers in the last two months.
- Denver’s guards are a hodge-podge of guys that you’d probably expect to be G League fodder. And yet, Austin Rivers, Monte’ Morris, Facundo Campazzo and Markus Howard actually performed well against the Blazers.
But for me, that’s all background noise.
Here’s what matters to me: Deandre Ayton committed 14 fouls in three games against Denver this season, including one where he fouled out and one where he picked up five fouls. When he’s not on the floor, Phoenix will play either Frank Kaminsky or Dario Saric at the five. Portland center Jusuf Nurkic fouled out in three of the six games against the Nuggets in the first round and averaged five fouls for the series. I fully expect Denver to do everything they can to get Ayton off the floor, and when they do, I don’t know how Phoenix slows them down.
So with that in mind, Denver (+4.5) is the play for me. I also like Denver at (+175) to win the series.