Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo (18) in the second half of Game 2 of an NBA second-round playoff series Monday, May 1, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Nuggets (53-29, first in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (45-37, fourth in the Western Conference)

Phoenix; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Suns -3.5; over/under is 224.5


BOTTOM LINE: The Denver Nuggets visit the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference second round with a 2-0 lead in the series. The Nuggets won the last matchup 97-87 on May 2 led by 39 points from Nikola Jokic, while Devin Booker scored 35 points for the Suns.

The Suns are 30-22 in conference play. Phoenix averages 113.6 points and has outscored opponents by 2.0 points per game.

The Nuggets are 34-18 in Western Conference play. Denver is second in the Western Conference with 28.9 assists per game led by Jokic averaging 9.8.

TOP PERFORMERS: Booker is averaging 35.4 points, 6.6 assists and two steals for the Suns. Kevin Durant is averaging 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists over the last 10 games for Phoenix.

Jokic is scoring 24.5 points per game and averaging 11.8 rebounds for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Suns: 5-5, averaging 114.4 points, 41.8 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 6.4 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points per game.

Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 113.1 points, 44.4 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 8.0 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.3 points.

INJURIES: Suns: Chris Paul: out (groin).

Nuggets: None listed.

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar

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