Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 6/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+1.5)
The Phoenix Suns (51-21) head to Ball Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Denver Nuggets (47-25) in Game 3 of their series. Phoenix leads 2-0. Denver opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 223.
The Suns took home the win by a score of 123-98 in Game 2. Phoenix wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.9% field goal percentage (45 of 94) and made 18 of their 38 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Suns converted 15 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 88.2%. When discussing pulling down boards, they collected a total of 52 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 27 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In the matter of defending, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 36 out of 90 shooting. Denver distributed 24 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. Moreover, Denver snagged 46 rebounds (11 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Denver finished the contest at 60.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 12 of their 20 attempts. They also knocked down 14 of 43 attempts from three-point range.
Devin Booker is someone who came through for the contest. He scored 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He played 33:04 mins played and snagged 10 boards. Booker went 42.9% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Suns was Chris Paul. He had 5 rebounds in his 30:31 minutes on the court. He finished the game at 60.0% from the field in the game via 6-of-10 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Paul totaled 15 assists.
Phoenix comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 51-21 on the season. They average 115.3 points per outing (7th in basketball) while shooting 49.0% from the floor. The Suns are shooting 37.8% on shots from distance (940 of 2,490) and 83.4% from the free throw line. As a team, Phoenix is pulling in 42.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,939 assists on the season, which is 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 12.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.1 fouls every game. On the defensive end of the court, the Suns are forcing 13.6 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 35.4% on shots from downtown and they rank 7th in basketball in points per game allowed (109.5). The Suns defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.7% (981 of 1,294) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 4th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,652 conceded on the year.
In their Game 2 loss, the Nuggets recorded 35 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 in this matchup. They also gave up possession 11 times, while earning 4 steals for this game. The Suns earned 18 fouls in the matchup which took the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Denver knocked down 14 out of 43 tries (32.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Nuggets ended up shooting 36 out of 90 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. The Nuggets allowed the Suns to knock down 45 of their 94 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 47.9% for the game. They went 47.4% from three-point range by connecting on 18 of 38 and finished the game at 15 out of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). With respect to rebounds, Denver permitted Phoenix to snag 52 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Nikola Jokic ended up having an impact for the Nuggets for the matchup. He buried 9 of 17 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and tallied 13 rebounds. Jokic totaled 24 points in his 29:34 minutes on the hardwood and added 6 assists in the game. Someone else that was important for Denver was Michael Porter Jr.. He finished with 1 assist in his 27:36 mins on the court, and he knocked down 3 out of 13 from the floor. Porter wrapped this one up going 23.1% from the floor in addition to contributing 11 points and 6 boards.
Denver has a mark of 47-25 for the season. The Nuggets are committing 19.1 fouls per game and they hit 80.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 26.8 times per contest (5th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.5 times per game. Denver has scored 8,284 points so far this season (115.1 per contest) and they collect 44.4 boards per contest. When it comes to offense, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.5% from the field, which is ranked 4th in the league. The Nuggets are ranked 8th in the league in points per game surrendered with 110.1. They give up 25.9 assists and 41.2 total boards per game, which is ranked 24th and 2nd in basketball. The Denver defense concedes 36.3% on 3-point attempts (934 of 2,570) and opponents are knocking down 77.3% of their foul shots. They are forcing 14.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (18th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver (-1.5)
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