Denver Nuggets to get Finals spot

Denver Nuggets to get Finals spot

Denver Nuggets is looking to finally secure the conference Finals spot when they go against the Phoenix Suns, who is slowly chipping in. This will be the Game 6 of this series composed of battle between duos. On their last match, it was the Nuggets who took home the 118-102 victory. The Suns on the other hand is seeing this match as a do-or-die game for them. A defeat in this match means an end to their 2022-23 season. What makes this series an exciting one is because this is also a battle of two former MVPs. While the Nuggets aim to qualify in the finals, while the Suns are looking to live another day. This meeting will be on May 12, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Suns as hosts.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
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Despite playing on the road, the Nuggets are optimistic that they can pull an upset on the road. Their spot in the conference Finals is at stake in this match, as they are a win away from qualification. Additionally, they cannot afford to allow the Suns to tie the series as it will be dangerous for them. However, they are in a losing column when playing on the road, winning just 20 of their 25 games. They also need to work on their defense, as it may cause them to lose in this match. The team-up of Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray allows the Nuggets to be at the advantage here. However, in the playoffs, Jokic have been nothing but phenomenal, averaging almost a triple double. Aside from Jokic and Murray, the Nuggets are also looking to rely on their deep bench, who are also doing wonders for them.

The Nuggets’ ability to stay healthy in the playoffs is one of the reasons why they are in the driver seat in this series. Aside from Collin Gillespie, they have no fresh injury concerns. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray will continue to lead the Nuggets.

Phoenix Suns

NBA: Phoenix Suns
Photo courtesy of AP Photo

The Suns on the other hand is looking to take advantage of their homecourt advantage, as they are returning at home. In fact, the Suns are doing well at home, and there is where they gain confidence for this must-win match. They are 32-14 at home, so it is pretty obvious that they have a chance in this game. Moreover, they are fortunate to have Kevin Durant, and Devin Booker, who are leading their squad. Despite their lack of depth in their bench, these two are making things possible for them. They dominate their matches, and having these two may be enough for the Suns to force a Game 7. The Suns are expected to go all-out here because this is their last chance to have a chance for the conference Finals.

As Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant leads the Suns with 35.9 and 29.6 points apiece, they are still aiming for more. The absence of Chris Paul is felt in this series, as they lack the veteran experience that could have made a difference here.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 111.5
Odds: 0.90

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