On Sunday, Game 2 of the NBA Finals will see the Denver Nuggets (1-0) and the Miami Heat (0-1) play at the Ball Arena. The Miami Heat may have a difficult path ahead if they want to challenge the dominant Denver Nuggets, who crushed them 104-93 in their series opener. The Denver Nuggets are looking for another home victory, but the Miami Heat are determined to even the score. A win for the visitors would give them a boost before heading back to their arena.
Form Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets have been having an outstanding run, most recently with a 104-93 victory over Miami Heat. This extended their amazing streak to seven consecutive wins. At Ball Arena, they have a 43-7 record this season.
Entering Sunday’s matchup, the Denver Nuggets have been an average team in terms of offensive capability, averaging 115.8 points per game. This team’s defense has been relentless. Ranking as one of the best defenses in the league, they have only allowed 111.6 points per game this season, and just 108.2 points in their last five outings.
The Denver Nuggets had their eyes set on the NBA title as they entered the playoffs. Their hard work has paid off so far, with a 66-32 record. Now, It’s time for them to leave it all out on the court and see if they have what it takes to bring home the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.
Collin Gillespie is the only reported injury concern for the Denver Nuggets ahead of Sunday’s game.
In 16 playoff appearances, Nikola Jokic has scored 476 points in total. He leads the Denver Nuggets in the scoring department with 29.8 points per game. Jamal Murray follows up with 27.6 points on average, with Michael Porter Jr. behind him on 14.6 points.
Form Miami Heat
The 104-93 defeat saw the Miami Heat drop their past 10-game record against the Denver Nuggets to 2-8. They’ve won 57 of their 103 matches this season, going 23-29 on the road alone.
The average points scored by Miami Heat in the NBA this season is 109.6. When playing away from home, the visitors have put up 108.3 points. The Miami Heat defense is one of the toughest to break, giving up an average of only 109.2 points to their opponents in all games and 109.8 on the road.
The Miami Heat defied the odds by surging past their playoff projections and making it all the way to the NBA Finals. What was once thought to be an early exit has turned into a thrilling ride for the away fans, who can now root for their team to bring home the championship.
Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro are both set to miss the game.
Jimmy Butler has been in incredible form during the postseason. The Miami Heat player has put up 549 points in 20 playoff and play-in games. His scoring average of 27.4 points per game is the best on the away team’s roster. Bam Adebayo sits behind him at 16.6 points, while Caleb Martin has scored 12.5 points on average.
The Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat faced off in two times during the regular season. The Denver Nuggets earned two victories, while the Miami Heat won zero games, resulting in a 2-0 series score. At the Ball Arena, the Denver Nuggets exploited their home-court advantage to take the first game of the playoff series. They defeated the Miami Heat 104-93 to snatch a one-game lead.
In the recent game between the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat, Nikola Jokic put on an amazing display of skill, registering 27 points, ten rebounds, and 14 assists in a triple-double performance. Bam Adebayo shined with an impressive performance of his own. The Miami Heat player had a double-double, recording a team-high of 26 points and 13 rebounds.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Denver Nuggets managed 109.6 points on average per game, while the Miami Heat put 102.6 points on board.
At Bet365.com, you can find the odds for the upcoming Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat game at the Ball Arena.Check out their website to see all the available options.
- Moneyline (ML): Miami Heat (+310) | Denver Nuggets (-391)
- Against the spread (ATS): Miami Heat +8.5 (-110) | Denver Nuggets -8.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 214.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the Denver Nuggets to win (1.26) on the moneyline.
Going into Sunday’s game, the Denver Nuggets have had an impressive seven-game winning streak. They have a great record when playing at Ball Arena, with ten out of the last ten home games ending in a win. According to the odds of -391, they have a 80% chance of extending their success at home. The Miami Heat are not favored in this matchup, as the +310 underdogs. Their recent record isn’t helping their case either, as they have only won half of their last ten games. Things have not been looking up for the visitors, with their most recent outing ending in defeat to the Denver Nuggets, 104-93.
Take the Denver Nuggets. They’re in exceptional form, going 8-2 in their most recent outings. In our eyes, this gives the hosts an edge over a struggling Miami Heat, who have only gone 5-5 in comparison.
Against the Spread
Bet on the Denver Nuggets -8.5 (1.91) to cover the spread.
The Denver Nuggets are beginning Sunday’s game as the clear 8.5-point favorites over the Miami Heat. Against the Miami Heat at the Ball Arena recently, the Denver Nuggets went 7-3, winning their games by an average of 12.4 points.
Placing a wager on the Denver Nuggets in their last four games proved to be an astute decision. Their season record is 53-42-1 ATS. The Denver Nuggets have gone 61-61 ATS in their recent matchups against opponents from the Eastern Conference. They failed to cover in four of their last ten matches.
The Miami Heat have a 23-28-1 ATS road record for the season, going 44-56-3 ATS in all games. In their last ten, Miami Heat topped the spread five times, scoring an average of 105.6 points and conceding 104.5 points.
Total over 214.5 (1.91) is how we’d bet.
The last ten games between the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat have been very low-scoring, with an average of 212.2 points combined.
In five of their last ten meetings, the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat have tallied more than 214.5 points, giving -110 odds when betting Over on the Total market. This makes betting Over on the Total market an especially inviting proposition.
The Denver Nuggets went under in their last two games at the Ball Arena. Their home record is 20-29 O/U. Based on the previous five home games, the total went under four times and averaged 214.0 points. The Denver Nuggets are 4-6 O/U overall from their previous ten matches overall.
The Miami Heat went under the total in their last three road games. Their away record is 24-27 O/U. The Miami Heat had four of their previous 10 games going above the predicted total line, averaging 210.1 points.