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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Denver Nuggets||+6 (-110)
|O 222 (-115)
|Phoenix Suns||-6 (-110)
|U 222 (-105)
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|The Nuggets will be bolstered by the naming of Nikola Jokic as MVP of the 2021 season. But that won’t stop the fact that their scoring issues will be exacerbated by an energetic Suns defence.|
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|Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Information|
|Teams||Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns|
|Location||Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona|
|Time||9:30 PM EST, June 9th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
|Denver Nuggets||Head-to-Head||Phoenix Suns|
|Michael Malone||Head Coach||Monty Williams|
|47-25 (3rd in West)||Standing||51-21 (2nd in West)|
|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)|
The Nuggets rely on Jokic to get their offence going, which is why the Denver backcourt needs to do more to support his effort.
The Denver backcourt of Austin Rivers and Monte Morris combined for just nine points, and ten assists in 31 and 23 minutes of play respectively.
Most concerning was their inability to shoot the ball effectively, combining to shoot just three of 17 from the field. If the Nuggets want to beat the Suns, their backcourt needs to be more reliable.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 8, 2021
Game 1 didn’t go as planned for the 2021 NBA Most Valuable Player. Jokic was the sole bright spot for the Nuggets, but he couldn’t inspire them to victory.
In 36 minutes of play, Nikola Jokic posted 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals. Despite his all-around effort, it was an understated performance for the Joker.
Jokic admitted to his struggles against DeAndre Ayton, but he needs to show his MVP quality. If he’s more aggressive offensively early, the Nuggets can stay competitive.
As usual, the Phoenix Suns succeed off of the play of their star backcourt Devin Booker and Chris Paul. But in Game 1 they showed a combined effort that should carry them to further success.
In-Game 1 the entire starting lineup scored in the double-digits, combining for 99 of the team’s 122 points. It was efficient as well, combining to shoot 38 of 54 from the field.
Such a well-balanced game is unlikely to happen again, but the means by which they achieved it is worth emulating again. The Suns moved the ball brilliantly, assisting on 30 of their 46 field goals. Their shooting was excellent, a performance that could help to take down the Nuggets in Game 2.
Don’t jump with Deandre Ayton ? pic.twitter.com/l8LiogQCbz
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 8, 2021
In his first taste of playoff action, Ayton hasn’t looked out of his depth for the Phoenix Suns. If anything, he’s been crucial to the Suns’ success.
Ayton posted an impressive 20 point, 10 rebounds double-double on nine of 13 shooting from the field. He’s so effective on both ends of the court, he garnered praise from Nikola Jokic post-match.
The Suns rely on Ayton to be a presence in the paint in order to hold down the Nuggets. His finishing ability pairs perfectly with Phoenix’s backcourt and his effort on the glass makes up for their lack of size.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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