The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets face off in Game 2 of their second-round NBA playoff series at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time on Wednesday.
Who will win the game at Phoenix Suns Arena?
Check out what the odds are saying about the game, as well as some picks and predictions for the contest, which can be seen on TNT.
The site lists Denver as a 6-point underdog at Phoenix Suns Arena for the second game of the series.
It writes: “Phoenix has a 47-31-1 record ATS this year. The Suns have a losing record against the spread when favored by at least 6 points, going 15-16 this season. Denver has a 38-41 record ATS this season. When playing as at least a 6-point underdog, the Nuggets tend to have trouble covering with only a 12-13 record against the spread.”
It writes: “The Suns are riding a high, having knocked out the defending champions and title contenders, the Lakers, in the previous round. They had to huff and puff to find a way past the Nuggets defense, but the blowout second-half victory will put their minds at ease going into the next game. Chris Paul has returned to his usual stellar self, following injury troubles and a scare against the Lakers, and a well-meshed, extremely well-balanced roster starring the likes of Paul and Devin Booker will make for a happy time for Suns fans. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are continuing to fight for a dream run in a brutal, injury-ravaged season being rescued almost single-handedly by Nikola Jokic, who will surely be the NBA MVP after Steph Curry’s early exit. Jokic was restricted to a low (by his standards) 22 points in this game but will look to rectify that in Game 2. Deandre Ayton, though a perfectly capable player, will probably have a hard time holding Jokic to below 30 again, having seen glimpses of his explosiveness tonight. Game 2 will see multiple tactical adjustments across the board, with the Suns in particular likely to tweak their formation to put more pressure on the undoubtedly revenge-hungry Jokic. The Nuggets, on the other hand, will be looking to exploit the Suns down the middle, a task not many teams have succeeded at this season. All possibilities point to an end-to-end game, with the series still up in the air.”
The site gives Denver a 31% chance to steal a victory in Phoenix.
The site’s Basketball Power Index gives Denver a 41% chance to evening the series in Phoenix.
Arhaan Raje writes: “The Phoenix Suns will be the favorites to win the next match, but only by a slender margin. There will be momentum and home support on their side, which will work heavily in their favor. Nonetheless, the Denver Nuggets have been one of the most resilient sides in the 2020-21 NBA campaign and can’t be taken for granted. They are one of the few teams that tend to make solid comebacks after the kind of defeat they suffered in the previous match.”
Sloan Piva writes: “Denver is strong, but without home court advantage and without its third scorer (Jamal Murray), it’s tough to like the Nuggets in this series. And it’s downright impossible to bet Denver in Game 2 after Phoenix generated that Game 1 momentum. If CP3 can struggle through three quarters and Phoenix can still win by double-digits, look out below if CP3 can put together a strong outing from start to finish. Monty Williams deserves major kudos for the stupendous team basketball his squad establishes nearly each and every night. They pace. They space. They constantly move without the ball, and almost always find the open man. They trust each other. Like Denver—and unlike most powerhouses in the modern NBA—this is a complete team, not a squad with two or three superstars and a bunch of replaceable role players. But of the two squads, Phoenix is the superior team top to bottom. The Suns are more aggressive, getting to the line 20 times (and hitting 17 free throws) compared to Denver’s paltry six free throw attempts in Game 1. They have more pure scorers and better overall shooters, with four players exceeding 20 points by the end of Monday night. And they clearly have the better leader—and closer—in Paul, as well as the better coach in Williams. Give me Phoenix in an encore performance Wednesday night. I just can’t bet against this squad, with its rotation clicking on all cylinders and its fans completely bought in to their status as true NBA title contenders.”
Jason Logan writes: I took Denver and the points in Game 1, putting faith in the Nuggets’ makeshift backcourt, and it looked good for 24 minutes. I expected a bit of a letdown from the Suns after banishing the former champs to Cancun, but Phoenix flexed and punched holes in this Nuggets team. I do think Denver can make this a series – especially if Will Barton or P.J. Dozier can return – but it won’t happen until it gets back to Colorado.
Michael Kaskey-Blomain writes: “The Suns dominated the second half of Game 1, and they’ll look to carry that momentum over to Game 2. Without Jamal Murray, the Nuggets just might not have enough firepower to keep up with the Suns, who appear to be clicking on all cylinders. Plus, if Ayton continues to play as well as he has so far in the playoffs, the Suns will have a huge advantage.”
Robert Arguello writes: “While Jokic is the best player in this series, the Suns are the better team and have much more margin for error because of their backcourt duo of Booker and Paul. Ayton will continue to make Jokic work on offense while the Suns’ offense uses its great spacing to generate quality looks at the rim and beyond the arc as they should consistently beat the Nuggets’ hedges. I like the value on the Suns here for another convincing win. Jokic and Porter must both be great for the Nuggets to cover, but Ayton’s defense and Porter’s combination of poor off-ball defense and back injury (the same part of his body that plummeted his draft stock) give me even more reason to like the Suns.”