The Phoenix Suns secured a 1-0 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the first game of their second-round series on Monday. The Western Conference’s second seed will look to improve to 2-0 in its second home game of the semifinals after its dominant 122-105 win earlier this week. Let’s take a look at the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook ahead of tip-off.
Pick ATS: Suns -6
This spread has seen minimal movement, as Phoenix was a 5.5-point favorite ahead of Game 1. Nikola Jokic makes everything go for the Nuggets but was fairly limited by Deandre Ayton’s stingy defense on Monday. The usually-efficient big man only scored 22 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Denver’s defense was worst than expected, as four of the Suns’ five starters scored at least 20 points. Chris Paul and Devin Booker combined for 42 points on 61% shooting, and no defensive adjustment will make up for the defensive shortcomings of the Nuggets’ backcourt rotation. The Nuggets can get hot on offense in Game 2, but the Suns’ wealth of 3-and-D defenders can limit Michael Porter Jr. and others.
Player Prop: TBD
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