Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 6/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+6)
The Denver Nuggets (47-25) travel to Phoenix Suns Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Phoenix Suns (51-21) in Game 2 of their series. The line on this matchup has Phoenix as 6-point favorites. The total has been set at 221.5.
The Nuggets took a loss by a final of 122-105 in Game 1. Denver finished the game having earned a 46.7% field goal percentage (43 of 92) and made 14 of 40 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Nuggets buried 5 of 6 shots for a rate of 83.3%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 41 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 26 assists in the game while forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In regard to the defense, Denver allowed 54.1% from the floor on 46 out of 85 shooting. Phoenix earned 30 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. Moreover, Phoenix grabbed 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Phoenix finished the game shooting 85.0% at the charity stripe by converting 17 of 20 tries. They also made 13 of 34 shots from 3-point range.
Nikola Jokic is one player who was a major factor in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 10 of 23 shooting. He played 36:25 mins and pulled down 9 boards. Jokic ended up going 43.5% from the floor and totaled 3 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Nuggets was Aaron Gordon. He pulled down 4 rebounds in his 29:15 minutes played. He finished 57.1% from the floor in this matchup by going 8-of-14 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Gordon tallied 2 assists.
Denver will play this contest with a record of 47-25 so far this season. They are averaging 115.1 points per game (8th in the league) while hitting 48.5% from the field. The Nuggets are hitting 37.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (927 of 2,462) and 80.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Denver is snagging 44.4 boards per game and is sitting with 1,933 assists this year, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.1 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.2 fouls. They rank 24th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,864 conceded for the year. The Nuggets defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.9% (1,014 of 1,379) and they relinquish 41.2 boards per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 36.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 8th in the league in points per game allowed (110.1).
In their Game 1 win, the Suns snagged 37 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 44 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 8 steals for the matchup. The Nuggets committed 17 fouls in this game which took the Suns to the free throw line for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of those for a rate of 85.0%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Phoenix buried 13 of their 34 attempts (38.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Suns walked away from this one shooting 46 for 85 from the floor which had them sitting at 54.1%. The Suns permitted the Nuggets to make 43 out of 92 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.7% for the matchup. They finished 35.0% from three-point range by connecting on 14 out of 40 and walked away from this one shooting 5 out of 6 from the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to rebounds, Phoenix permitted Denver to snag 41 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Mikal Bridges ended up being a major contributor for the Suns in the game. He buried 8 of 12 for the matchup giving him a rate of 66.7%, and added 5 rebounds. Bridges earned 23 points in his 34:15 mins on the court and had 5 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He walked away with 8 assists in 38:22 mins on the court, and he put in 8 out of 12 from the floor. Booker ended the game having shot 66.7% from the field in addition to earning 21 points and 4 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 51-21 so far this season. As an offensive unit, the Suns are shooting 49.0% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in basketball. Phoenix has accumulated 8,300 points so far this year (115.3 per game) and they collect 42.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 26.9 times per game (3rd in the NBA) and they cough up possession 12.5 times per game. The Suns commit 19.1 fouls every game and they go 83.4% from the free throw line. The Suns on the defensive end are ranked 7th in basketball in PPG given up with 109.5. They are able to force 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the floor (15th in the NBA). The Phoenix defense allows 35.4% on three-point shots (836 of 2,359) and opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 22.9 dimes and 42.7 total boards per game, which is ranked 4th and 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (+6)
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