History Against Nuggets as They Return Home Tied with Phoenix 2-2

History Against Nuggets as They Return Home Tied with Phoenix 2-2
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The Denver Nuggets had a weekend to forget in Arizona, losing both games against Phoenix by a combined total of 12 points.

Now, the Nuggets and Suns head back to Ball Arena to square off in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night ( 8 p.m. TNT). Denver looks to take a 3-2 series advantage over Kevin Durant and company and get its fans back on track at the best Colorado betting apps available today.

Home has been where the heart is for the Michael Malone-coached team, with the Nuggets going 5-0 in Denver this postseason against Minnesota and the Suns, outscoring both teams by a combined 69 points.

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As for Tuesday’s Game 5, oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Colorado have the Nuggets as a 4.5-point favorite, with a moneyline of -200 on the contest.

Denver currently has the third-best NBA title odds of any team on BetMGM Sportsbook Colorado, with the Nuggets sitting at +450 to win it all and +190 to win the Western Conference.

BetColorado.com — which features Colorado sportsbook promo codes for your NBA betting needs — took a look at how Denver has performed in Game 5s dating back to the franchise’s first 2-2 series in 1986.

Nuggets Game 5 History In 2-2 Series

  • 1985-86: Western Conference Semifinals (lost in 6 games to the Houston)
  • 1987-88: Western Conference Semifinals (lost in 6 games to Dallas)
  • 2008-09: Western Conference Finals (lost in 6 games to L.A. Lakers)
  • 2018-19: Western Conference First round (won in 7 games vs. San Antonio)/ Western Conference Semifinals (lost in 7 games to Portland)
  • 2020-21: Western Conference First round (won in 7 games vs. Portland)
  • Total: 2-4

* — Best-of-seven series only.

Nuggets Have Mixed Success In 2-2 Series

While the sample size is small, the Nuggets have seen mixed success in Game 5s when they enter such contests in a 2-2 series split.

In six such situations in best-of-seven series, Denver has gone on to win the series twice, doing so against the Spurs in the 2019 Western Conference first round and the Trail Blazers in the opening round of the 2021 Western Conference playoffs.

Conversely, the Nuggets have lost four series — against the Rockers in the 1986 Western Conference semifinals, the Mavericks in six games in the 1988 Western Conference semifinals, the Lakers (in the 2009 Western Conference Finals) and the Trail Blazers in the 2019 Western Conference semifinals.

In the two series the Nuggets wound up winning after being knotted at 2-2, Denver was victorious in Game 5.

On the other hand, Denver has lost three out of the team’s four Game 5s in the series it has lost, doing so against the Rockets in 1986, as well as when they played the Mavericks (in 1988) and the Lakers (in 2009).

The Nuggets’ lone Game 5 win in a 2-2 series that they lost was against the Trail Blazers in 2019, when Denver won the fifth game of the Western Conference Semifinals, 124-98, before falling in Games 6 and 7. Will the Nuggets and Colorado sports betting users keep their momentum?



Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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