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Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Game 1 preview, odds, picks, predictions: Who wins?

Will the Phoenix Suns open their NBA playoffs series against the Denver Nuggets with a victory at home?

The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets face off in Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series at 7 p.m. Arizona time on Monday.

Who will win the game at Phoenix Suns Arena?

Check out what the odds are saying about the game, as well as some picks and predictions for the contest, which can be seen on TNT.

Draft Kings: Suns a 5.5-point favorite over Nuggets in Game 1

Benjamin Zweiman writes: "The Nuggets proved to be very resilient in defeating the Blazers and Lillard. Jokic still has a nice No. 2 in Michael Porter Jr., who is emerging as a young star, this time in the postseason. The Suns win over the Lakers and LeBron was impressive, but that team was much worse than people thought, especially after Anthony Davis got hurt. Denver will be a tougher task for Phoenix. It will be interesting to see how the Suns defense tries to slow down the Nuggets offense. Chris Paul is also a bit banged up. My early lean is Denver on this line."

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Action Network: Suns a 4.5-point favorite over Nuggets in Game 1

It writes: "The Suns were able to get by with stellar play from Devin Booker, who closed out the series with 47 points, and timely 3-point shooting from their role players. But they will need all the offense they can get to contend with the Nuggets who were the third-highest scoring offense in Round 1. The Nuggets won the season series between these two teams 2-1 with two games going to overtime, however, all three matchups were in January, so those results hold a little less weight in the playoffs. Ahead of Game 1, the Suns have 68.25% implied odds to win the series and their odds to win in five games or seven games are listed at +350."

Bet MGM: Phoenix a 4-point favorite over Denver in Game 1

It writes: "Phoenix has a 43-34-1 record against the spread this year. The Suns have fared well as a 4-point favorite, going 24-20-1 against the spread when favored by at least 4 points. Denver has covered the spread in greater than half of its outings, going 39-37 ATS. When they play as at least 4-point underdogs, the Nuggets have a record ATS of 23-18."

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Sportskeeda: Suns should take Game 1 over Nuggets

It writes: "The Denver Nuggets will again be relying on Nikola Jokic, who was hugely impressive in the first round. In Michael Porter Jr. and Monte Morris, they also have two in-form offensive players, who might again be required to deliver the goods against the Phoenix Suns. Meanwhile. the Suns have some injury concerns, but Devon Booker’s performances and the improvement in form of a few role players means they will start off as the marginal favorites. Chris Paul could be rested if he is not fit."

ESPN: Suns have 56% chance to win game 1 vs. Nuggets

The site's Basketball Performance Index gives Denver a 44% chance to get the win in Phoenix.

Sports Betting Dime: Suns will cover vs. Nuggets in Game 1

Quinn Allen writes: "I really think Denver is going to have a tough time in this series. Their lack of depth could very well come back to haunt them here because Phoenix is a whole different beast than Portland, especially defensively. As for Game 1, I’m taking the Suns to cover the spread. They’re rolling right now and Booker is feeling it. He’s going to have another big night at home while the supporting cast will also feed off the crowd. After some time to rest, expect Paul to be a vital factor as well."

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Sports Chat Place: Go with Phoenix to cover in Game 1 against Denver

Peter Tran writes: "The Nuggets were sensational in the first round as they were able to get past a streaking Trailblazers team despite missing two key guards in Murray and Barton and it’s no surprise that it has been Jokic leading the way. The Suns are led by their strong backcourt in Booker and Paul, but they’ve enjoyed some fantastic production from DeAndre Ayton who will again play a major role in this series. I can easily see this series going the distance and I think it starts with the Suns winning a close one at home behind a big game from Booker."

Lines.com: Suns 112, Nuggets 108

It writes: "The Suns are the league's seventh-highest scoring team (114.4 PPG), while the Nuggets allow the eighth-fewest points per game (110.8) in NBA play. The Nuggets' 115.5 points per game are seven more points than the 108.5 the Suns give up to opponents."

Jeremy Perry writes: "Center Deandre Ayton was able to make his mark on their series also by clamping up the paint and forcing their role players to hit jump shots instead. His matchup with Jokic will be key. Phoenix also has an outstanding bench crew that came through clutch a number of times this year. After getting by the Lakers, it’s unlikely this team – or young cast – feels intimidated by anything they see in Round 2."

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