Over the last two games of the NBA Finals, Devin Booker has been masterful. He has back-to-back 40-point games and has shot over 50% in both games. This was the level he was playing at prior to his nose injury in the Western Conference Finals.
Booker is getting to his spots and is 100 percent in the zone offensively. With the Suns down 3-2 in the NBA Finals, they need every point from Booker to stay alive and force a Game 7 on Thursday night. I believe Booker will perform to the standards Phoenix needs.
Booker has always taken a lot of shots, but he has upped his shot attempts in the last two games. In Games 1-3, Booker took 20 shots per game. In the last two, he’s averaging 30.5 shots per game. That increase in volume is exactly why I’m taking the over. He is being fed more than ever and scoring because of necessity.
Obviously, it would be unreasonable to ask Booker to average 40 points a game for the rest of the series, but high scoring performances are needed. Also, Booker has played over 40 minutes three times this series. He’s going to be on the floor, which means he will have plenty of time to be a scorer.
Although he was struggling in the first three games of this series, Booker has shown that he is back and ready to score. With Jrue Holiday guarding Chris Paul, Booker is going against P.J. Tucker -- and I’m taking Booker almost every time.
This is Booker’s time and Game 6 should be another example of that.