Nuggets undervalued in NBA championship odds after Game 2 win

May 1, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) calls in a play in the fourth quarter during game two against the Phoenix Suns of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) calls in a play in the fourth quarter during game two against the Phoenix Suns of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Denver Nuggets didn’t have their A-game on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns, but they still found a way to win Game 2, giving them a 2-0 series lead.

Denver is now 5-0 at home in the postseason, moving the team to 39-7 at Ball Arena this season. The Nuggets still have two home games remaining, if they need them, in this series, and the Suns’ backs are against the wall with Chris Paul going down to a groin injury in Game 2.

Denver has moved to +400 at BetMGM to win the NBA Finals, just ahead of the Golden State Warriors, who have not played a game yet in their second-round series.

Is Denver undervalued to win it all?

Nuggets’ odds to win NBA championship

The Nuggets were the best team in the Western Conference all season, and they’re showing it in the playoffs.

Jamal Murray, who had been great in the postseason until Game 2 last night, has shown that he can still dominate in the playoffs, and the Nuggets have way more depth than Phoenix in this series.

There’s no guarantee that the Warriors advance against the Los Angeles Lakers, so it’s surprising that the two teams are so close in the NBA Finals odds.

Plus, the Boston Celtics lost Game 1 of their second-round series on Monday, so it’s possible to make the argument that Denver should be the NBA Finals favorite.

Chris Paul injury could change Nuggets-Suns series

The Nuggets are heavily favored to win the series with the Suns, and now Phoenix could be without Chris Paul for an extended period of time depending upon the severity of his groin injury.

Paul can’t seem to stay healthy in the playoffs, and now the Suns will have to turn to Cameron Payne for more minutes to replace him.

Denver is a value at +400, and the team may be the best in the West despite all the star power on other teams.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.