Nuggets up 2-0 in series

After a slow game with not many points, Denver win both home games and is closer to going through

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The Denver Nuggets took advantage of the home factor in the first two games of the series versus the Phoenix Suns and are now up 2-0. If this wasn’t bad enough for the Suns already, there is one stat which makes things even worse. The Suns never overcame a series after trailing 0-2 in the NBA Playoffs history.

Since the NBA adopted the best-of-7 model to the series in the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns have fallen behind 13 times in the past, before the current one versus the Nuggets. They have been knocked out of the Playoffs in all of those 13 times. Will this be the first time they go through or the 14th they say goodbye to the season?

And the game last night was not the best one to watch in the playoffs. Neither team scored more than 100 points and the low-scoring resulted in some players underperforming. But this was not the case for Nikola Jokić nor Devin Booker. But in the end, the home team beat the visitors by 97-87.

Best Performances

Even with such a low-scoring game, we had two players scoring 30+ points. And also, another five scored 10+, which means that we had a couple of great individual performances among two bad team performances. Nikola Jokić was the one to record a double-double. Check out the individual numbers of the game.

Denver Nuggets

  • Nikola Jokić – 39 PTS/16 REB/5 AST
  • Aaron Gordon – 16 PTS
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 14 PTS/5 REB
  • Jamal Murray – 10 PTS/8 AST

Phoenix Suns

  • Devin Booker – 35 PTS/5 REB/6 AST
  • Kevin Durant – 24 PTS/8 REB
  • Deandre Ayton – 14 PTS/8 REB


With such a low-scoring game it is natural that we missed some predictions, especially the ones targeting the over. But we also had some greens. Check out the outcome of our picks from last night’s game.

  • DEN Nuggets -4.0 (DEN won by 10)
  • Over 229 points (184 points)
  • Chris Paul under 8.5 assists (6 assists)
  • Michael Porter Jr. under 16.5 points (5 points)
  • Kevin Durant over 36.5 points and rebounds combined (24 PTS/8 REB = 32 total)
  • Nikola Jokić over 47.5 points, rebounds and assists combined (39 PTS/16 REB/5 AST = 60 total)
  • Devin Booker over 2.5 three-pointers made (4 three-pointers made)
  • Kevin Durant has a double-double (24 PTS/8 REB)
  • Nikola Jokić has a triple-double (39 PTS/16 REB/5 AST)
  • PHX Suns over 112.5 points (87 points)
  • Chris Paul has the first basket of the game (Devin Booker had the first basket)