Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns (Game 1) Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks, Moneyline

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns

  • Despite missing point guard Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets enter this series after beating the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2.
  • The Phoenix Suns took down LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
  • The Suns and Nuggets have met in a playoff series three times, with Phoenix leading all-time 2-1.

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Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Denver Nuggets +4.5 (-105)
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O 219.5 (-115)
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+165
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Phoenix Suns -4.5 (-115)
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U 219.5 (-105)
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Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Predictions and Picks

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The Phoenix Suns are on a great run after beating the Lakers, but they haven’t faced an interior presence at the level of Nikola Jokic. In a cagey, defensive outing, the Suns will have the advantage.
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Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Information
Teams Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Location Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Time 10:00 PM EST, June 7th, 2021
How to Watch TNT

Head-to-Head: Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns

Denver Nuggets Head-to-Head Phoenix Suns
Michael Malone Head Coach Monty Williams
47-25 (3rd in West) Standing 51-21 (2nd in West)
W-W-L-W Form W-W-W-L
117.1 (7th of 30) Off Rtg 117.2 (5th of 30)
112.1 (12th of 30) Def Rtg 111.3 (9th of 30)
97.1 (27th of 30) Pace 97.2 (26th of 30)

Playoff Leaders (Per Game)

N. Jokic (33.0) PPG D. Booker (29.7)
N. Jokic (4.5) RPG D. Ayton (10.7)
M. Morris (5.8) APG C. Paul (7.7)
F. Campazzo (1.7) SPG M. Bridges (1.5)
J. McGee (1.0) BPG J. Crowder, C. Payne (1.0)
M. Porter (.538)/N. Jokic (12.5) FG%/FGM D. Ayton (.796)/D. Booker (9.8)
A. Gordon (.600)/M. Porter (2.8) 3P%/3PM D. Booker (.429)/D. Booker (2.5)

PHO: Control the Paint

The Phoenix Suns certainly don’t play a traditionally big lineup, so they’ll be facing a real challenge when they face the Denver Nuggets.

In their first round series against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Suns were outrebounded 41.8 per game to 43.2 per game. Where they need to improve is on the defensive boards though.

Phoenix allowed 63 offensive rebounds in their last series against the Lakers. Against the likes of Nikola Jokic and athletic forwards like Michael Porter and Aaron Gordon, the Suns won’t be able to get away with a lazy effort.

Suns Key Player: (G) Devin Booker


The Phoenix Suns overcame the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, with the performer of the series being Devin Booker.

Booker was incredible scoring the ball, averaging 29.7 points per game while also contributing 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest.

The Suns guard had few difficulties against the Los Angeles Lakers defensively. He will need to be wary of the Nuggets though, as they are versatile and athletic on the defensive side.

DEN: Backcourt Battle

The Denver Nuggets look like they’ll have the advantage in the paint when they face the Suns, but the matchup in the backcourt is a more concerning issue.

Monte Morris, Austin Rivers, and Facundo Campazzo combined to contribute 36.1 points per game in their first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Not only will they need to maintain their scoring efforts, but they’ll need to control the disciplined Phoenix backcourt on the defensive side. As Jokic is their primary option on offence, they’ll need to reward his efforts with shot making.

Nuggets Key Player: (C) Nikola Jokic


It’s no secret as to who the Nuggets will be depending on this series. Nikola Jokic makes their offence tick, and he’ll need to find new ways to exploit an impressive defensive team.

In the first round, Jokic averaged 33.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. He had his hands full against a stacked Portland frontcourt, but won’t get a break against the athletic DeAndre Ayton.

Jokic will need to maintain his brilliant scoring rate as the Nuggets are starved for options at the moment. He’s shown the ability to do so, but it will be how he creates for teammates that will decide Game 1.

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