Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Game 4 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

The Phoenix Suns are hosting the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The Nuggets are the main favourite to reach the finals after taking a 2-0 lead in this series. However, Kevin Durant and Devin Booker scored 86 combined points in game 3 to resurrect the Suns’ hopes, no matter how slim they are.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

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Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets – Game Predictions

The Suns are expected to be extra aggressive once more as they try to tie this series. With CP3 out Booker and Durant will need another big night if Phoenix want to preserve any chance of progressing. At the same time, Denver know how to win matches as they have proven all season. They will try to get Murray going and if he has a big night the Nuggets almost always win.

Prediction 1: Booker, Durant & Jokic Over 100 Combined Points

Our first free betting tip for this match is to back the 3 big stars of the series – Booker, Durant and Jokic – to reach 100 combined points in game 4. Booker is posting unseen for decades numbers this postseason. He just became the first player since Michael Jordan to score 295 points in his first 8 playoff games. He and Durant nearly reached 100 points themselves in game 3 when they combined for 86. The trio’s average points tally in this series is exactly 98.0. With the importance of game 4 clear to all 3 of them, we expect at least one of these superstars to play above their average and that should be enough to push their total points to above 100.

Prediction 2: Devin Booker Over 4.5 Rebounds

Our next Suns vs Nuggets prediction backs Books to cover his rebounds spread. Booker is averaging 5.0 rebounds this postseason. That after recording just 2 rebounds in the first 2 games vs the Clippers. Since then Booker covered this spread in 5 of the last 6 games. That’s why we back him to do so again. In fact, over his last 5 playoff games alone Books is averaging over 6 rebounds per match.

Suns vs Nuggets Preview – Can the Booker-Durant tandem keep the Suns alive?

The Suns need more of the same from their 2 big stars in game 4, Durant and Booker combined for 86 points in game 3 to finally give the Suns their first win in the series vs the Nuggets. No doubt, the two volume scorers will be with an all-out-attack mindset once more as they know they can’t afford to drop a game at home and hope to progress.

Denver’s confidence won’t be too battered after losing game 3 though. The number 1 seed in the West had a very solid season and they know that if either Jokic or Murray has a big night they are still the favourites to win. The Nuggets will also benefit from the fact that CP3 will be missing again, without him on court Denver can be expected to double-team Booker and Durant a lot more than what they tried in game 3.

Phoenix Suns News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Phoenix Suns are likely to throw the dice again with Cameron Payne starting as their point guard. Payne is not a very good passer though. This will likely put an extra burden on Booker to become not just a scorer but a facilitator too.

Phoenix Suns Injury Report:

Chris Paul will miss Game 4 of the series with a groin injury.

Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup:

Cameron Payne, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Torey Craig and Deandre Ayton

Denver Nuggets News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Denver Nuggets are unlikely to make any changes to their fully fit starting lineup. The adjustment that is expected is to see KCP and Port Jr asked to help a lot more on the weak side as the Nuggets will be trying to trap and double-team both Durant and Booker.

Denver Nuggets Injury Report:

Mike Malone has his full roster available for Game 4 against the Suns.

Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup:

Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic

Suns vs Nuggets Head to Head Record In 2023

Both the Suns and the Nuggets won 2 games against each other in the regular season.

Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Game Details

Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets

  • Date & Time: The game will be played on Monday, May 08th. The tip-off time is 01 am GMT.
  • Venue: The arena to host game 4 is Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Where to watch in the UK: Sky Sports or NBA League Pass.

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Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.