The Phoenix Suns pulled off their second win last night in their NBA Western Conference semifinal series against the Denver Nuggets, even as many in the gambling community expected the Nugs to come back to life. The Suns now lead 2-0 but, just as what was seen last season, it’s still too early to tell what will happen. The teams get the night off before resuming tomorrow, but there are two other games on tap tonight that will be interesting.
Suns Continue Rally Against The Nuggets
The Suns probably expected a better showing from MVP Nikola Jokic and the rest of the Nuggets, but it didn’t happen. Phoenix controlled the game from the first tip-off and its 123-98 win was the fifth straight victory of the postseason. The Suns controlled the floor, controlled the clock and controlled the game, and the Nuggets are rapidly watching as the chance of advancing toward the championship is slipping through their fingers.
The next two games will be held in Denver, which might bring some relief to the Nuggets, but not if they continue to play like they have. Odds and history are strongly against them, as 2-0 starts have only been upended 28 times out of 430 playoff series. The LA Clippers scored one of those 28 when they were down the first two games against the Dallas Mavericks this postseason before rallying, but the Nuggets have a lot of work to do.
Bucks Look For A Win
The Milwaukee Bucks have a chance to pull off a similar feat, as well. They meet the Brooklyn Nets for the third game of their series tonight and are down 0-2 already. The Bucks host the Nets tonight and tomorrow, which might help give them a little extra motivation. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo needs to step up the Bucks are to pull off the win.
The Bucks are getting support from oddsmakers tonight, with a moneyline of -155 and 3.5 points. However, at +130, the Nets are still a good option, as they have apparently learned how to keep Antetokounmpo away from the basket. The Over/Under is at 234.5 (-110) and, with both previous games scoring well below that, an Under bet here makes sense.
Clips and Jazz In Tight Race
The Clippers have already proven that they can go the distance and will look to take a win tonight against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz lead 1-0, but the Clips are anything but concerned. Kawhi Leonard has continued to perform better under pressure, and Utah only took Game 1 by a basket. This series is set to be full of thrills for basketball fans and gamblers.
The Jazz are getting the advantage tonight, with the moneyline sitting at -145 and the spread at -3. The Clippers are 6-2 against the spread across their last eight games after just one day of rest, so they’re likely to beat it either way. Because Leonard knows how to get things done, taking the Clippers at -104 wouldn’t be a bad choice. The Over/Under is currently at 223 (-110) and the game will have a hard time getting there, just like Game 1. Just like that game, this one is going to come down to the final buzzer, but the Clippers are likely to recover from their previous loss.