|-1.5 DEN (-109) @ pinnacle|
My 10* WESTERN-CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL PLAY is on the Nuggets.
The Suns have been impressive. They beat the Lakers in six games, but there was an asterisk beside that series win, because of the injuries to both Anthony Davis, Lebron James and others.
Denver isn't at full strength either, with star player Jamal Murray suffering a season-ending injury about a month before the regular season ended.
The Nuggets' strength has always been their depth and experience though, and with league MVP Nikola Jokic now playing with a chip on his shoulder here in an attempt to get his team back into this series, I do indeed expect Denver to do just that in this crucial Game 3 at home.
D'Andre Ayton has so far been up to the task of "slowing down" Jokic, but note that the Suns have always struggled in this building, going just 3-7 ATS in their last ten on this floor.
An 0-3 hole will clearly be too much to climb out of. Will Barton and Michael Porter Jr. were non-existent over the first two games, but I say a little "home cooking" is just what the doctor ordered for Denver in Game 3.
Lay the short points, the play is the Nuggets.