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West Playoffs Second Round Game 3: Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets Preview, Betting Odds, How to Watch Live


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How to Watch Live Game 3: Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets are going to need every bit of their MVP Nikola Jokic if they are going to get back in this series against the Phoenix Suns. BUTCH DILL/EPA

About the only saving grace for the Denver Nuggets going into Game 3 is that this series is headed back home. After an uninspired blowout in Game 1, they somehow played even worse in Game 2 to the point where their coach Mike Malone called his team out for quitting. There's just no other way to describe that performance and hopefully for Nuggets fans it will motivate the team to play even remotely to their capabilities.

What TV Channel is Suns-Nuggets on?

Suns-Nuggets will be shown on ESPN at 10:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NBA games on fuboTV.

How to Watch Suns-Nuggets

When: Friday, June 11
Where: Ball Arena - Denver, CO
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NBA free with fuboTV)

That dud of a performance in Game 2 came after Nikola Jokic was named the League's MVP. That should have been inspiration enough to not quit this game when the going got tough. The Joker is the first Center to win MVP since Shaquille O'Neal when the Lakers won a title in 2000. Jokic is the first MVP ever to be drafted in the second round. He got drafted during a Taco Bell commercial at 41st overall in 2014. If that's not enough of an underdog story to motivate you then the Nuggets are going to be in real trouble in this one.

Really the momentum from a packed house in Denver is going to help the most. This series was going to be difficult to win if the Nuggets were at full strength. But of course they aren't with Jamal Murray out with a torn ACL. Jokic is no doubt the MVP but the Nuggets made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last year because of Murray dropping at least 40 seemingly every night to get them back in series. Michael Porter Jr. is going to have to step up even more or at least the way he did in the regular season behind the Joker if the Nuggets are to make this a series again.

It's amazing how far the Suns have come in just one year. Devin Booker went off in the last eight games of last year's bubble restart of the regular season and the rest is history. Chris Paul probably doesn't join this team if that doesn't happen. Booker is the Suns' best player but Paul is their most valuable player. He has mentored and really developed this young team creating much more scoring opportunities. There doesn't seem to be a clash of egos like his stint with James Harden and the Houston Rockets. It resembles his time more with Oklahoma City last year when no one expected them to make the playoffs and he pushed that team to a nail-biter Game 7 against Houston in the first round.

Paul had 17 points, 15 assists and zero turnovers in Game 2. He's the first player in league history to have 15+ points, 15+ assists and no turnovers three times in the playoffs. He's done that with three different franchises in three different decades and he's one of only four players to ever do that including Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Johnny Moore. This is all while he's 36 years old. The Suns haven't been good let alone a legit playoff contender in more than a decade. He's an instant hall-of-famer no matter what but this just might be though the best shot Paul has at making his first NBA Finals appearance.

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets Odds

Suns Odds: +1.5
Nuggets Odds: -1.5
Money Line: Suns +105 - Nuggets -120
Over/Under: 223

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