Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. and company will try to avenge last season’s sweep by taking down the Suns on the road.
Phoenix, who is fresh off an appearance in the NBA Finals, is looking to show that last season was for real. WynnBET Sportsbook has the Suns as six-point favorites in this matchup with the total set at 223.0.
I’ve made some player prop picks for this game, but what about some bold predictions? Here are some props with plus odds that I think could hit tonight:
Bold Predictions for Nuggets vs. Suns
- Monte Morris OVER 1.5 3-Pointers Made (+155)
- Nikola Jokic to Record a Triple-Double (+400)
- Cameron Johnson OVER 8.5 Points (+100)
Monte Morris OVER 1.5 3-Pointers Made (+155)
Monte Morris is going to be in line for a much bigger role this season until/if Jamal Murray (torn ACL) is able to return.
Morris dealt with some injury issues of his own last year, but he finished strong in the postseason, hitting multiple 3-pointers in five of his 10 games. Morris shot 38.1 percent from deep last year and is a career 39.3 percent shooter. You could do much worse at +155.
Nikola Jokic to Record a Triple-Double (+400)
The reigning MVP recorded 16 triple-doubles last season and he’s going to have a major workload without Murray to at least start this season (and most likely longer).
Jokic recorded a triple-double in Game 3 against the Suns in last year’s playoffs, and if we’re talking bold predictions, Jokic at +400 is the best longshot for bettors to cash in for this game.
Cameron Johnson OVER 8.5 Points (+100)
Cam Johnson is a sharpshooter, and I think that he’s being a bit undervalued at this number after averaging 9.6 points per game in his second NBA season.
Johnson actually regressed in his shooting numbers last season, but he found his shot in the playoffs, shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from 3.
I think that momentum carries into his third season, and with the Suns returning most of last year’s team, I like the fact that chemistry should give this entire roster a boost in the season opener.