Best NBA Player Prop Bets for June 9
Just one game in the NBA today as the Nuggets and Suns continue their second-round series with Denver looking for the equalizer in Game 2.
We are coming in off a strange 1-1 night a few days ago. Giannis Antetokounmpo went above the number with 34 of only 107 points for the Bucks in a loss to Brooklyn in Game 1. On the other hand, Kevin Durant missed the 30.5 points over by a bucket in a game without James Harden for most of the way.
As always, we stand behind our predictions, but take a look to see if any other players jump out at you by using the SportsGrid Player Prop Tool. Ensure you always check back throughout the day, as odds and projections may change with news and starting rotations.
The FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered with the most up-to-date and top odds in the industry.
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic vs. Phoenix Suns
The Bet: Over 47.5 Points+Rebounds+Assists (-115)
Fresh off being named the NBA’s 2021 Most Valuable Player, the Nuggets need an MVP performance from Nikola Jokic to get even with the Suns in Phoenix. Jokic was given the award via a video call on Wednesday surrounded by teammates for what he appeared to think was a run-of-the-mill team meeting.
After a season that saw him flirt with a triple-double average and the NBA record for assists per game, the Joker became the lowest drafted player to win the award. Selected with the 41st pick, he also became the second second-round pick to win the MVP and just the third European MVP after Giannis Antetokounmpo and Dirk Nowitzki. He’s also the first center to accomplish the feat since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000. The Seven-foot Serbian’s season line of 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game is mind-blowing, and he’ll be leaned on even heavier in Game 2 against the Suns.
The 26-year-old had a mediocre opener against Phoenix with just 22 points, nine boards, and perhaps most disappointing, just three dimes. Phoenix pulled away in the second half when Denver’s offense stalled, and the Suns’ clicked in the 122-105 Nuggs loss. Jokic and his crew actually held a one-point halftime lead, so they know they can hang with the number two seed.
Nikola more than hung with the Suns in the regular season with a stellar line of 25.7 points, 13.7 boards, and a season matching average of 8.3 helpers. Denver beat the Suns two out of three meetings this year, and Jokic had his best games in those two victories in Phoenix. He torched the Suns for 30 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assist in the Nuggs pair of Ws in Arizona this year.
He’s already scored 34 or more five times in these playoffs, and MVP Jokic needs to and will show up in Game 2.
Denver is a +5.5 point road dog with a value-laden +184 on the moneyline, and the Nuggs should keep it close. The total is hanging in middle earth at the FanDuel Sportsbook at 222.5.
Phoenix Suns Chris Paul vs. Denver Nuggets
The Bet: Under 15.5 Points (-106)
Suns fans, sportsbooks, and maybe even Chris Paul himself are wondering which CP3 shows up on Wednesday night. Effort level is never in question with Mr. Paul; health is.
The former Clipper has been battling a balky shoulder throughout the playoffs and was noticeably in pain multiple times against the Lakers in Round 1. He’s coming off his best game of this postseason with 21 points on 57 percent shooting on Monday. The fourth overall pick from the 2005 draft logged the most court time he’s seen since Game 1 against LA. The scuttlebutt is Paul’s shoulder is at about 90 percent after feeling more like 80 in the opening series against LeBron’s crew.
The thing is, even a 100 percent 36-year-old Chris Paul is not pouring in the points. It’s just not his game anymore, especially when Phoenix has many other options for him to facilitate to like team-leading scorer Devin Booker. Eighty percent Paul hit single-digits in scoring five times in these playoffs, and one hundo CP3 averaged just 16.4 points per game in the regular season.
Phoenix also has a very capable backup who has shone with Paul on the bench in these playoffs. Cameron Payne. Payne put up four straight games of double-digit scoring when Paul was ailing against the Lakers. So even though Paul is the unofficial assistant coach and may even scare Head Coach Monty Williams just a little bit, he knows he can go to Payne if necessary, whether for injury reasons or CP struggling with his shot. And while it doesn’t seem likely if Phoenix does turn this into a blowout, you know Williams will look to get his vet as much rest as possible.
The Suns are -5.5 point home favorites and -220 on the moneyline. As mentioned earlier, the total at the FanDuel Sportsbook is as mid-range as a CP3 jumper at 22.5. The newly crowned MVP vs. the 11-time All-Star should be a barn burner so buckle up.