Suns vs. Nuggets NBA Odds & Picks: Sharps Fading Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker In Game 3
David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Jokic.
- Denver is in an 0-2 series hole as they head back to Denver for Game 3.
- Michael Porter Jr. struggled in Game 2, and sharps are expecting his struggles to continue and for the under to hit as the Nuggets struggle to score on a stout Phoenix defense.
NBA Odds: Suns vs. Nuggets
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The Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets Western Conference semifinals have gotten off to a rough start for the MVP Nikola Jokic and Co. The Nuggets are in an 0-2 series hole due to the intense defense and balanced scoring effort from Monty Williams’ Suns squad.
In Game 2, all five Phoenix starters scored in double figures and the team shot 47.4% from the 3-point line. Denver provided little to no defensive resistance and it didn’t help that the Suns’ focused so much defensive attention on Jokic.
Jokic—who to his credit, has carried this Nuggets team on his back all season long—had 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in Game 2.
The MVP gets Game 2 started.
Nikola Jokic first basket +450 ✅ pic.twitter.com/bf6Dpk3iYk
— NBABet (@nbabet) June 10, 2021
His production will always be there, but he needs some sort of running mate in the absence of Jamal Murray.
Denver has been great at mixing up who can provide the unexpected scoring punch throughout the postseason, but it is all for naught if you can’t get a solid performance from Michael Porter Jr.
Porter had a breakout year for head coach Mike Malone and the Nuggets, averaging 19.0 points per game (PPG) on 54.2% from the field and 44.5% from the 3-point line. In Game 1, Porter chipped 15 points. In Game 2 Porter’s production took a nosedive as he shot 3-13 from the field and was a -26 on the floor.
Our latest PRO Report shows that sharp bettors are expecting another cold shooting night from Porter and Co. back in Denver on Friday night.
NBA Picks: Suns vs. Nuggets
The total for Friday’s Suns-Nuggets Game 3 opened at 222.5 before it was pushed up to 223 ahead of the action.
Since Thursday evening, there has been one Action Labs Bet Signal triggered on the under. This is a sign of sharp bettors fading the public.
PRO Report Pick: Under 223 (+100 at PointsBet)