Game 1 against the Phoenix Suns didn’t go as planned for the Denver Nuggets. Denver came into the matchup as underdogs, but getting blown out wasn’t something that was supposed to happen. One of the main reasons Denver wasn’t able to stay competitive was Nikola Jokic’s performance.
Jokic scored under 30 points for only the second time this postseason and was limited to a mere three assists. Also, the Joker shot under 45% from the field for just the sixth time in his postseason career. It’s a rare sight to see him have such a game, but it’s also normal to see him have a bounce back game.
In playoff games where Jokic has shot under 45% in a non-elimination game, he nearly doubles his point total every time.
WynnBET is showing its confidence in the now official MVP of the league as well. Jokic’s player prop for points is set at 29.5, with the under (-112) slightly favoring the over (-108). The fact his line is that high and the odds are that close shows the oddsmakers haven’t lost faith in Jokic.
Throughout these playoffs, Jokic is averaging 31.4 points per game on 51.5% from the field. Since the All-Star break, the Nuggets have only lost two games in a row twice. They are comfortable coming off of losses and know how to make adjustments.
Even with Jokic expected to have a good game, the Nuggets are still +175 underdogs to win Game 2. The Suns are rolling. Yet if history repeats itself, Jokic will have a very big say in how Game 2 turns out.