- Jamal Murray – Out
- PJ Dozier – Out
- Michael Porter Jr. – Day to Day
- Abdel Nader – Out
Betting lines (subject to change):
- Denver enters as the 1.5 favorites
- Phoenix at +1.5
- Over/under looks like 223
- Denver’s MoneyLine is at -125
- Phoenix sits at +105
- Suns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win
- Over is 4-0 in Nuggets last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Over is 5-1 in Nuggets last 6 games following a straight up loss
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams
Down 0-2 in this series is no easy hole to climb out from. That being said, the Nuggets are well equipped to mount a comeback at home. The return of Will Barton brings back aggression towards the offensive rim that the Nuggets have sorely been missing without Jamal Murray and PJ Dozier.
Will Barton’s return be enough to wake up this Denver Nuggets team? In order to pull this series, the team must see radical improvements in almost every player’s game. An average point total of 5.2 points for every Nuggets player, minus Jokic, simply will not win you games. The roster is filled with talented players; many of them could score 10-15 points any given day but can the Nuggets activate their potential? Or will players make indecisive cuts and shy from the ball?
Assist are the key for Denver, a lot of focus has been placed on Jokic’s assists, but it is often a true team effort. In fact, the Nuggets sit tied for 5th in average assists per game; even more impressive, they sit at 2nd in the playoffs this year with 25.8 assists per game. Yet it is not enough, the Suns are hot on the Nuggets tail with the third-highest assists per game in the playoffs.
The Nuggets may simply need to buckle down and outplay the Suns in every way in order to pull out tonight’s game.