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Game 2 of the Suns vs Nuggets series in the Western Conference semi-finals will give us another opportunity to check out the official 2021 NBA MVP in action. If you want to learn more about this game, check our Suns vs Nuggets predictions and picks, with a closer look at the betting odds and lines for the game.
Our Best Betting Picks and Free Tips for Suns vs Nuggets
After a convincing win in Game 1, the Suns will be looking to extend their lead in the series, while the Nuggets will fight to tie the series before going back to Denver for the next two games. With that in mind, we have selected our best betting picks and Suns vs Nuggets predictions for Game 2:
- Spread: Nuggets to Win (+6) @ -110 – BetRivers
- Total Points: Over 223 @ -108 – DraftKings
- Austin Rivers Total Points: Over 9.5 @ -110 – BetMGM
Odds and lines can change at any time. Make sure to check the odds with your bookmaker before you place a bet.
Nuggets to Win on Spread (+6)
We predicted a close game in Game 1 and Nuggets to win on the spread, but we were wrong. Phoenix Suns played great basketball, with Ayton limiting Nikola Jokic more than any other center recently and with Chris Paul leading the team to a double-digit advantage at the end of third and the start of the fourth quarter. However, our primary Suns vs Nuggets prediction for Game 2 is, once again, for the Nuggets to beat the Suns on the spread. We expect the Nuggets to adjust and Jokic to have a much better performance boosted by officially getting the MVP award.
Over 223 Total Points
The two teams have pretty different styles of play with the Suns relying on defense and the Nuggets focused on offense. However, the first game showed us that we are more likely to see high-scoring games since the Nuggets can’t limit the Suns offensively, while they can still score over 100 points even if the Suns do play great defense. So, another Suns vs Nuggets prediction is for Game 2 to end with more than 223 total points.
Austin Rivers Over 9.5 Total Points
After Jamal Murray went down and with the Nuggets struggling with other injuries in their backcourt, Austin Rivers signed a 10-day contract with the team and proved his worth to make the Nuggets sign him for a whole year. Austin Rivers was crucial in the first round against the Blazers and he was one of the main role players to push the team to a win. In the first seven games of the playoffs, Rivers averages 10.9 points per game and after scoring only 7 points in Game 1, we expect him to bounce back in Game 2. So, our last Suns vs Nuggets prediction is for Austin Rivers to score at least 10 points.
Suns vs Nuggets preview Game 2 – Can the Suns defend their home court once again?
The Suns showed that they were rightfully the second seed in the West after a convincing win in Game 1 against the Nuggets. Let’s take a more detailed look at the teams ahead of Game 2:
It’s clear that the fans in Phoenix have a lot of reasons to be happy after Game 1 since the Suns managed to limit the new MVP Nikola Jokic, while Deandre Ayton, Mikel Bridges, and Chris Paul all played a great game. More importantly, Chris Paul didn’t look bothered at all by his nagging shoulder injury, so that’s another reason for optimism for the Suns. Only Abdel Nader is on their injury list now, but he rarely plays anyway.
Now it’s official – Denver Nuggets have the MVP for the first time in the franchise’s history. Serbian center Nikola Jokic became the lowest-drafted MVP ever (41st pick) and the first center to win the award since Shaquille O’Neal did it back in the 1999-2000 season. However, the Nuggets are certainly more concerned with Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals after losing Game 1 in Phoenix. The team will once again miss Murray, Barton, and Dozier, but the bigger problem for them could be Michael Porter Jr. after he tweaked his back in Game 1. That being said, Porter Jr. is likely to play in Game 2, but it will be a game-time decision.
FAQ for Suns vs Nuggets
Who Won the First Game of the Suns vs Nuggets Series?
Phoenix Suns have won the first game of the series, 122-105.
When Will Game 2 of the Suns vs Nuggets Series Be Played?
Game 2 of the Suns vs Nuggets series will start at 9:30 pm ET, on Wednesday, June 9th.
Who Will Broadcast Game 2 of the Suns vs Nuggets Series?
TNT will broadcast Game 2 of the Suns vs Nuggets series.