Last Updated on June 2, 2023 4:10 pm by Gambyl Nation Editorial Team
The NBA finals started their engines yesterday with an excellent match, although, there were not surprises. As we predicted in our game 1 preview, tiredness accumulated from the last round weighted heavily on the Heat, as the Denver Nuggets dominated the first three quarters with ease and just let loose at the last one, when everything was already said and done.
However, as the saying goes “tomorrow is another day”, and the Miami side has the chance to get a crucial win before heading home. It won’t be easy, and they’ll need world-class performances from players like Butler, who lets us all down in this first game.
Let us take a look at the next game and how the teams could manage their strengths in this exciting final.
Sunday, June 4th, at 8:00 pm ET in the Ball Arena
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Why bet on the Nuggets?
The Nuggets are massive favorites in this finals, and yesterday they showed why. The dominant performance led by Jokic allow them to manage the tempo of the game efficiently in the final minutes, while their rivals seemed to have been moving pieces randomly in the board trying to get a result.
The Serbian got a triple-double with 10 rebounds, 14 assists, and 27 points, turning into a real nightmare for the Heat’s defense. Jamal Murray also had a good night, getting a double-double of his own with 6 rounds, 10 assists, and 26 points.
For this game the Denver team cannot expect their rivals to be as passive, so they must show resilience and intelligence to get that valuable 2-0 before heading to Florida.
Why bet on the Heat?
The protagonists of one of the greatest underdog stories of the last years come to this second game in dire need. The Heat is paying a lot for their antics in the conference finals, as letting a 3-0 advantage vanish was not the ideal scenario against a team who swept their rivals.
Whatever the case, the Eastern Conference champions have yet another chance to put things in order before seeing their fans again, so they must win as we already saw what the Nuggets can achieve when they carry momentum.
Bam Adebayo was the spearhead last night, getting a double-double with 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 26 points. Behind came Gabe Vincent and Jimmy Butler with 2-5-19 and 7-7-13 respectively. We should also mention the 18 points of Highsmith, although he was hardly relevant in any other department.
Final Betting Analysis: Nuggets vs. Heat
The Ball arena will be buzzing once again, and we’ll analyze some key aspects of this Nuggets vs. Heat second game before going on. Two key aspects were relevant for Denver’s victory, as they were very effective on the paint with a 50.6 percentage of success and, most importantly, knew how to take advantage of the Heat’s mental tiredness by getting a lot of fouls and converting them into points.
The Heat will put some things for this match, so expect a slightly different approach this time. However, if the Miami side gets in the same dynamics as yesterday, we shouldn’t believe that the Nuggets will not take the chance.
In the end, we expect another victory for Denver.
Go for a victory for the Nuggets at -390. If you bet $100 in the locals’ win at such odds, you could get $25.64 for a total payout of $125.64.
Nuggets vs. Heat Betting Pick: Denver Nuggets