Devin Booker is in his groove right now. After a 30-point Game 5 and a 47-point closeout game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, Booker finds himself leading the Phoenix Suns into Game 1 of the conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
WynnBET currently has his player prop for points set at 29.5. Both the over and under have odds at -110, which means it’s a pick ‘em. Booker is averaging 29.7 points during the playoffs, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s able to raise that number tonight.
Chris Paul injured his shoulder during Game 1 of the Suns’ first round series against the Lakers. Since then, while Paul is still running point, the ball has been in Booker's hands even more. Because of this I think the more interesting play tonight is Booker’s combined points and assists.
According to WynnBET, Booker’s combined line of 34.5 has the odds slightly favored towards the under (-120). Having Booker control the offense makes this something to think about.
There were many times when the Lakers were daring Chris Paul to shoot throughout the series. Even in Game 6, Paul shot 4-for-12 for 12 points. His shoulder injury has affected him and it's evident in his play. Paul is still able to distribute the ball, but Booker is starting to have more and more control.
If Booker can find a way to be aggressive and get his, which at this point doesn’t seem hard for him, and then find his teammates, he will put Phoenix in a great position to defend home court and grab Game 1.