NBA 2021 Playoffs Betting: Nuggets vs. Suns Game 2 Predictions
Throughout his NBA career, Chris Paul has gotten the reputation of someone who can’t win the big game. Paul has been on some successful teams that have had epic collapses in the playoffs. Well, this year looks to be different, as Paul and the Phoenix Suns are showing everyone how good they are. Let’s take a closer look at both teams as they head to play the 2nd game of their series, so you can keep betting against their NBA Playoffs odds.
NBA Western Conference – Nuggets vs. Suns Game 2 Betting Preview
In Monday night’s 122-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, Paul took over in the fourth quarter to lead the Suns to the win. Paul scored 10 consecutive points in the fourth to help solidify the victory. He finished the game with 21 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds. He assisted or scored on 20 of the Suns’ final 34 points. His ailing shoulder looked to be improved, and his leadership skills were on full display.
All five of the Phoenix Suns starters scored in double figures in Game 1, led by Mikael Bridges with 23 points. Chris Paul and Devin Booker scored 21 apiece, DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 20, and Jae Crowder had 14.
Nikola Jokic led the way for the Nuggets with 22 points. Aaron Gordon contributed 18 points, and Michael Porter Jr. added 15. Porter was hindered by a sore back and missed some time in the second half. Nuggets head coach Mike Malone indicated that Porter would be ready to play in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
NBA Western Conference Playoff Teams
None of the four remaining teams in the Western Conference Playoffs have ever won the NBA Championship. The Nuggets, Suns, Jazz, and Clippers will all be aiming to claim their first title. The last of these four teams to make the NBA Finals was the Jazz in 1998. Phoenix hasn’t been in the Finals since Charles Barkley led the Suns against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in 1993.
In Game 2, the Nuggets will need better performances out of Jokic and Porter if they want to avoid going down 2-0. Even though both had decent outings in Game 1, they’ll still need to provide more offense. Although the Nuggets have made it this far without star guard Jamal Murray, who tore his ACL during the regular season, it was obvious that they missed his scoring capabilities in Game 1.
As for the Suns, if they can continue to have balanced scoring throughout their starting lineup, they should be in good shape. With four of the five starters scoring 20 points or more, the Suns’ offense was firing on all cylinders in Game 1. DeAndre Ayton had a great game, and if he can continue to produce as he did on Monday, it will be a huge boost for the Suns.
If Denver’s offense doesn’t get going in Game 2, it could end up being a long series for the Nuggets. They need to get off to a quick start and not let the Suns continue on their hot streak. With Chris Paul getting healthier, the Nuggets will need to find a way to slow him down. They will also need to avoid letting Devin Booker get a hot hand.