Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 6/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Monday, June 7, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+4)
The Phoenix Suns (51-21) play the Denver Nuggets (47-25) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Monday in Game 1 of their series. Phoenix opens this game as 4-point favorites. The over/under opens at 219.5.
The Nuggets notched a win by a score of 126-115 over Portland to close out their series in 6 games. Denver ended the contest with a 51.2% field goal percentage (44 of 86) and converted 15 of their 34 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Nuggets converted 23 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 85.2%. In terms of pulling down boards, they compiled 39 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing 16 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of defense, Denver allowed 50.6% from the floor on 40 of 79 shooting. Portland dished out 24 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. Furthermore, Portland grabbed 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Portland finished shooting 90.9% from the free throw line by knocking down 20 of their 22 tries. They buried 15 of 36 tries from 3-point range.
Nikola Jokic is one player who was important in the game. He recorded 36 points on 13 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:14 minutes and pulled down 8 boards. Jokic ended up shooting 59.1% from the floor and dished out 6 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in this contest for the Nuggets was Michael Porter Jr.. He snagged 5 rebounds in 33:56 minutes played on the night. He finished the game shooting 52.6% from the floor in this game by going 10-of-19 (26 points). When the final whistle blew, Porter had 4 assists.
Denver will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 47-25 for the season. They currently have an average of 115.1 pts per contest (8th in basketball) while going 48.5% from the field. The Nuggets are connecting on 37.7% on 3-point shots (927 of 2,462) and 80.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Denver is pulling down 44.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,933 assists on the season, which is 5th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.5 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Nuggets are able to force 14.1 turnovers per game and they draw 19.2 fouls. The Nuggets are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.9% (1,014 of 1,379) and they relinquish 41.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are ranked 24th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,864 conceded this year. They are giving up 36.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 8th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (110.1).
The Suns got the victory with a final of 113-100 against the Lakers to close out their series in 6 games. The Suns were able to pull down 34 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 42 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while earning 5 steals in this contest. The Lakers earned 20 personal fouls in the game which got the Suns to the charity stripe for 22 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throws for a clip of 95.5%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, Phoenix made 18 of 35 tries (51.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Suns finished 37 out of 73 from the floor which had them shooting 50.7%. The Suns permitted the Lakers to convert 38 out of their 91 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 41.8% for this game. They shot 28.6% from 3-point land by hitting 10 out of 35 and finished the contest at 14 out of 16 from the charity stripe (87.5%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Phoenix permitted Los Angeles to grab 35 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Devin Booker pitched in for the Suns for the matchup. He buried 15 of 22 in this game giving him a rate of 68.2%, and had 11 rebounds. Booker earned 47 points in his 45:59 minutes of playing time and accounted for 3 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Phoenix was Jae Crowder. He accumulated no assists in 36:32 mins played, and he shot 6 of 9 from the floor. Crowder walked away from this one going 66.7% from the field and also earning 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Phoenix has a mark of 51-21 for the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Suns are hitting on 49.0% from the field, which has them ranked 2nd in basketball. Phoenix has accumulated 8,300 pts for the campaign (115.3 per contest) and they collect 42.9 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.9 times per game (3rd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per game. The Suns have committed 19.1 fouls per game and they shoot 83.4% from the free throw line. The Suns defensively are ranked 7th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 109.5. The Phoenix defense surrenders 35.4% on 3-point shots (836 of 2,359) and their opponents are converting on 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 22.9 assists and 42.7 rebounds per contest, ranking them 4th and 9th in the NBA. They are able to force 13.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (15th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (-4)
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