Will Devin Booker & Nikola Jokic Play Tonight? Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets Game 2: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/09/2021, 1:20 PM EDT
May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (left) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters


The Phoenix Suns face-off against the Denver Nuggets for game 2 of the second round series. This game is scheduled for tonight at 10:00 PM EST and will be held in Phoenix Suns Arena.

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Coming into this game, the Suns found themselves in top form as they beat LeBron James and the defending champions the Lakers in their first series. Their confidence was visible in the game as the Suns saw many of their role players step up in the game. While Denver did take a lead, the Suns rallied a massive comeback in the third quarter and ultimately were the better team overall as they won the game 122-105.

Devin Booker might have had a quiet game with 21 points, but it was Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton’s 41 points which was pivotal. With home court advantage, the Suns will be determined to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

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The Denver Nuggets, meanwhile, had a poor outing in the first game in Phoenix. Playing away from home, Denver initially looked comfortable and went toe to toe against the Suns for two-and-a-half quarters. With 7:34 left in the game, the Nuggets had a 9-point lead and looked comfortable.

But Jokic and Co. couldn’t keep hold of their lead and lost the game. MVP Nikola Jokic had an uncharacteristic game as he shot only 10 of his 23 shots and scored 22 points. If the Nuggets want to win this series, the Joker has to step up and put up big numbers. Can Jokic lead the Nuggets to tie the series?

Phoenix Suns- Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Suns will be missing guard Abdel Nader for the game 2 against the Nuggets. With Phoenix taking a lead 1-0, coach Monty Williams will hope that his team can maintain their electrifying form against the Nuggets.

Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (left) celebrates with Chris Paul against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Chris Paul (G)

Devin Booker (G)

Mikal Bridges (F)

Jae Crowder (F)

DeAndre Ayton (C)

Denver Nuggets- Injury updates and predicted lineup

The Nuggets will miss some key players in game 2 against the Nuggets. Jamal Murray is out due to an ACL injury, shooting guard Will Barton is sidelined as he is recovering with a hamstring injury while rotational guard PJ Dozier is out with a groin injury.

Jun 7, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and forward Aaron Gordon (50) react as they leave the game against the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Facundo Campazzo (G)

Austin Rivers (G)

Michael Porter Jr. (F)

Aaron Gordon (F)

Nikola Jokic (C)

Who will win between the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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