Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns
Date and Time: Thursday, June 10,2021 9am
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena
Prediction: Phoenix Suns
Bookmaker: 1xbet

The Suns are riding high, having knocked out the defending champions and title contenders, the Lakers, in the previous round.

They had to huff and puff to find a way past the Nuggets defense, but the blowout second-half victory will put their minds at ease going into the next game.

Chris Paul has returned to his usual stellar self, following injury troubles and a scare against the Lakers, and a well-meshed, extremely well-balanced roster starring the likes of Paul and Devin Booker will make for a happy time for Suns fans.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets are continuing to fight for a dream run in a brutal, injury-ravaged season being rescued almost single-handedly by Nikola Jokic, who will surely be the NBA MVP after Steph Curry’s early exit. Jokic was restricted to a low (by his standards) 22 points in this game but will look to rectify that in Game 2.

Deandre Ayton, though a perfectly capable player, will probably have a hard time holding Jokic to below 30 again, having seen glimpses of his explosiveness.

Game 2 will see multiple tactical adjustments across the board, with the Suns in particular likely to tweak their formation to put more pressure on the undoubtedly revenge-hungry Jokic.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, will be looking to exploit the Suns down the middle, a task not many teams have succeeded at this season. All possibilities point to an end-to-end game, with the series still up in the air.

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