Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns 5-5-23 NBA Prediction, Odds and Tips

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns 5/5/23 – Denver did as expected of a #1 seed in this second-round series against Phoenix Suns by winning both games with double digit victories – though in distinct fashions – which put them up 2-0 and took control. Game 1 saw Jamal Murray become Denver’s hero, while Game 2 brought them victory with former MVP Nikola Jokic and Denver’s defense leading the way Denver has already shown why they deserved the #1 seed this season. However, Phoenix enters this game armed with impressive NBA betting lines that favor them and hope to outwit Denver in this matchup.

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns 

Date & Time: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 10:00 PM ET

Location: Footprint Center Phoenix, AZ


Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns 5/5/23 Betting Odds 


Moneyline: +155

Spread: +4 (-110)

Total: 224.5 over (-110)


Moneyline: -175

Spread: -4 (-110)

Total: 224.5 under (-110)

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Analysis

Game 2, won by Denver Nuggets with a score of 97-87 and 16 personal fouls committed while Phoenix committed 25 personal fouls total. Phoenix shot 6 out of 31 attempts from beyond the perimeter and converted all five attempts at charity stripe, shooting 100% overall. Phoenix took home 39 rebounds and collected 6 blocks, dishing out 23 assists while having 2 steals for the contest. Denver allowed Phoenix to shoot 40.0% from the floor on 38 of 95 attempts. They had 19 assists for this contest while forcing 9 turnovers and collecting 5 steals. Finally, they secured 41 rebounds – 5 of them offensive ones. At the free-throw line, the Nuggets scored 18 of 21 shots for an 85.7% success rate at the charity stripe. Denver finished their game with an overall 47.4% field goal percentage and made 7 3-point shots out of 27 attempts. Nikola Jokic was an integral player in this game, scoring 39 points on 17 of 30 shots for 56.7% shooting accuracy while seeing 41 minutes of court time and tallying 16 boards – as well as finishing 56.7% from the field and dishing out 5 assists.

Phoenix Suns allowed Denver to collect 41 total boards during Game 2, shooting 25.9% from distance at 7 of 27 shots and making 18 of 21 free throw attempts to prevail. The Suns allowed the Nuggets to convert 36 out of their 76 attempts from the floor for a 47.4% conversion percentage in this contest, while their own attempts from 95 total attempts stood at 38 at 40.0%. Phoenix successfully shot six out of 31 three-point attempts and hit five shots from beyond the arc for a 100.0% success rate. Denver committed 16 fouls which enabled Phoenix to access their free throw line five times and make another attempt. Suns fans had little luck in this matchup as they gave away 9 points while recording two steals for this game. Defensive rebounders won with 28 total and 11 offensive rebounds totalling 39 total retrimmages taken away. Devin Booker was a huge asset to the Suns during this game. He made 14 out of 29 shots at 48.3% accuracy rate for 48 points scored and 5 rebounds while also notching 35 points in 45 minutes on court, 6 assists, and five rebounds for this contest.

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Against the Spread

Denver are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games. The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Denver’s last 20 games. Denver are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games. Denver are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against Phoenix. Denver are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against Phoenix. 

Phoenix are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix’s last 10 games. Phoenix are 11-5 SU in their last 16 games. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games at home. Phoenix are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Denver.

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns Free Pick

In Game 1, the Phoenix Suns got hit hard against the Denver Nuggets and were outscored by 18 points at home, yet this matchup should be more competitive and closer than its counterpart according to the basketball betting site. Devin Booker has been the center of Phoenix Suns success this postseason. Booker tied with Jimmy Butler for first in scoring.

Free Pick: Phoenix Suns -4 (-110)