Through five games, home teams are 5-0 in the second round playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns. In Game 6, the Suns are facing elimination down 3-2, but they do have home court advantage as they look to force a Game 7. In our NBA best bets for Thursday, we break down Nuggets vs Suns Game 6 from Phoenix.
Nuggets vs Suns Game 6 Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Suns -3|
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This game will be played at Footprint Center at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
Why Bet the Suns:
✅ Chris Paul is once again set to sit with a groin injury for Game 6. But the Suns went 2-0 at home without him against the Nuggets in this series during Games 3 and 4, and should be fine here as well.
✅ Devin Booker is averaging 41.5 points per game at home in this series and will continue to eat the Nuggets alive at Footprint Center.
✅ The Suns survived a 53-point game from Nikola Jokic in Game 4, which is encouraging coming into this do or die Game 6.
The Denver Nuggets protected home court in Game 5 of this series against the Phoenix Suns, with Nikola Jokic posting a triple-double to lead his team to victory. Now, they are tasked with doing something they have not been able to do yet in this series, as they need to win in Phoenix to close this series out in six games.
For the Nuggets, the key to this game is going to be finding a way to at least slow Devin Booker down somewhat. He has torched the Nuggets in the two games held in Phoenix so far this series, and holding him closer to 30 or even 35 could help the Nuggets close this series out.
The Phoenix Suns were not able to break serve against the Denver Nuggets in Game 5, so to speak, as they struggled defensively in Denver yet again. Phoenix gave up 118 points and struggled to keep up with Denver, as the Suns dropped to 0-3 on the road in this series. But the Suns are back at home now, and will look to even things at 3-3 with a win on Thursday night.
For Phoenix, the big question going into this contest is whether or not they can find a third scorer to help beat the Nuggets in Game 6. Outside of Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, no player on the Suns scored more than 15 points in Game 5. Whether it is Deandre Ayton or someone else, a third scorer would be huge for the Suns’ hopes of forcing a Game 7.