It’s been a golden run for Denver and those supporting the team in Colorado sports betting, after the Nuggets captured their first Western Conference No. 1 seed and rolled over Minnesota in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Now, the Michael Malone-coached Nuggets find themselves up 2-0 in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
That year, Denver went up 2-0 against Dallas en route to a five-game series victory, before ultimately falling to the L.A. Lakers in the next round.
Oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Colorado seem bullish on Denver, giving it the second best title odds at +400 and the best Western Conference futures (+130).
As for Friday night’s Game 3 (7 p.m., ESPN) in Phoenix, Colorado betting apps currently have the Nuggets as a 3.5-point underdog.
Nuggets Playoff History When Up 2-0
- 1984-85: Won Western Conference semifinals against Utah in 5 games
- 2008-09: Won 1st round against New Orleans in 5 games; Won WC semifinals against Dallas in 5 games
- 2022-23: Won 1st round against Minnesota 5 games
- Total: 4-0
Nuggets Have Finished Job When Up 2-0
If you are looking for a reason to use a Colorado sportsbook promo, taking Denver to win the series against Phoenix might be a good bet.
The Nuggets have excelled in the four times the franchise has taken a 2-0 series lead, winning each time by a 4-1 margin.
Denver’s done so already in its first-round series victory over Minnesota, where it went up 2-0 before closing out the best-of-seven round in five games.
Prior to this postseason, the last time Denver had a 2-0 series lead was in 2009 when it led both the then-New Orleans Hornets (in the first round) and the Mavericks (in the Western Conference semifinals), winning each series in five games.
Nikola Jokic has been a one-man tour de force so far, leading the team in scoring (24.5 points per game), rebounding (11.8 RPG) and assists (9.8 APG) this postseason.
Aside from the two-time MVP, Denver’s been able to count on veterans Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon, who have combined to average more than 40 points per game during the team’s playoff run, while three other Nuggets (Michael Porter Jr., Bruce Brown and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) are averaging at least 10 points per game.