The series heads back to Ball Arena as the Denver Nuggets host the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night in the 2023 NBA playoffs. This series is tied 2-2 after the Suns won both games at home. On Sunday night, Phoenix topped Denver 129-124. Guard Chris Paul (groin) is out for Phoenix.
Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver. Caesars Sportsbook lists Denver as the 5.5-point favorite in the latest Suns vs. Nuggets odds. The over/under for total points is set at 227.5. Before making any Nuggets vs. Suns picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nuggets vs. Suns and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Suns vs. Nuggets:
- Suns vs. Nuggets: Nuggets -5
- Suns vs. Nuggets over/under: 227.5 points
- Suns vs. Nuggets money line: Nuggets -225, Suns +185
- PHO: Suns are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games
- DEN: Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game
- Suns vs. Nuggets picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why the Nuggets can cover
Center Nikola Jokic has been remarkably impactful in this series. Jokic has superb court vision as a playmaker and uses his length to consistently pile up rebounds. The five-time All-Star also has such a soft touch in the paint. Jokic leads the squad in points (30.8), rebounds (13.1) and assists (9.2). In Game 4, he supplied 53 points, four boards and 11 assists.
Forward Michael Porter Jr is a smooth three-level scorer in the frontcourt. Porter Jr. is battling in the paint to secure boards and will put the ball on the deck to attack the lane. The Missouri product is putting up 14.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. He has recorded a double-double in two straight matchups. In Game 3, Porter Jr. logged 21 points, 12 rebounds and made six 3-pointers. See which team to pick here.
Why the Suns can cover
Guard Devin Booker continues to be nearly unstoppable. Booker has been extremely efficient and owns the offensive repertoire to score from all over the floor. The Kentucky product is averaging a team-high 36.8 points along with 7.4 assists per game. He’s amassed 35-plus points in three straight outings. On Sunday, Booker totaled 36 points, 12 assists and shot 14-of-18 from the field.
Guard Landry Shamet is a scoring threat off the bench. Shamet provides this group with a calm shooter on the perimeter who moves very well without the ball. In Game 4, the Wichita State product dropped a playoff-high 19 points with five 3-pointers. Guard Terrence Ross also gave them solid minutes and effort in the second unit. Ross has a sound jumper and finished with eight points and two threes in his last outing. See which team to pick here.
How to make Nuggets vs. Suns picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time. You can only get the model’s picks at SportsLine.
So who Nuggets vs. Suns? And which side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is 71-38 on top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.