The Nuggets might have the NBA MVP in Nikola Jokic but the No. 3 seed finds themselves in a 0-1 hole against the Suns, and BetRivers.com is here to break down the Suns-Nuggets Game 2 odds for Wednesday, June 9. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 122-105 in Game 1. The public was on Phoenix to win (64% of ML handle, 64% of ML bets) and cover (60% of spread handle, 56% of spread bets). Over 221.5 was also a big winner in Game 1, with 83% of the handle and 79% of the bets backing the over.
The Suns-Nuggets Game 2 odds show Phoenix to be a solid favorite, and the public tends to agree. The public is backing Phoenix in Game 2 with 73% of the ML handle and 64% of ML bets to win. The public is also on the Suns to cover with 67% of the handle and 55% of the spread bets. The over is still the public play as well, although up two points to 223.5 has the public backing it with just 70% of the O/U handle and 71% of the O/U bets.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to break down the Suns-Nuggets Game 2 odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com.
Before getting to the Suns-Nuggets Game 2 odds, here is a look at the updated Suns-Nuggets series outcome odds:
- To Advance: Suns -400, Nuggets +300
- Suns Sweep (+450), Suns 4-1 (+250), Suns 4-2 (+425), Suns 4-3 (+400)
- Nuggets 4-1 (+2200), Nuggets 4-2 (+700), Nuggets 4-3 (+700)
SUNS-NUGGETS GAME 2 ODDS: BETTING PREVIEW
#3 DENVER NUGGETS (0-1) at #2 PHOENIX SUNS (1-0)
GAME 2: 9:40 p.m. ET, TNT
MONEYLINE: Suns -210 ML, Nuggets +170 ML
SPREAD: Suns -5
OVER/UNDER: 223.5 points
Click here for the full list of Suns-Nuggets Game 2 odds.
I entered Game 1 of this series believing that Phoenix would not have an answer to Nikola Jokic. The big man had just finished torching Portland in the first round of the Playoffs, has locked up the MVP award and made everyone regret allowing a Taco Bell commercial to play while he was being drafted seven years ago.
But in Game 1, it wasn’t Jokic that was a problem for Phoenix. It was Jokic that was a problem for Denver. He finished with just 22 points on 23 shots as Deandre Ayton looked every bit the part of a No. 1 overall pick defensively. The Suns were able to leave Ayton on an island, and Jokic couldn’t really take advantage. Where the Nuggets really have a chance to do some damage is when Jokic gets Ayton into foul trouble and he can get at their reserves. He played 36 minutes in Game 1 and committed just a single foul.
The other problem is the way Phoenix can attack Denver offensively. Denver’s best chance at guarding ball-screens is to have Jokic hedge and recover. He can’t switch and he can’t really play drop, he just doesn’t have the footspeed for it. But Devin Booker and Chris Paul were so good in Game 1 at moving the ball quickly against the actions and getting the Suns open corner threes since Denver’s taggers couldn’t rotate quickly enough.
I went into this series thinking that the Nuggets had a nice matchup advantage. I think that take was wrong after watching Game 1. Denver’s coaching staff does have a reputation for being able to figure things out as a series goes on, but when you combine the issues that Denver has in their backcourt with all the injuries with the fact that Michael Porter Jr. is questionable with a back injury that limited his minutes in the first game, it’s hard to talk myself into backing Denver in this spot, even with the line coming down since it opened.
I’ll be on Phoenix (-5) tonight.