The Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat will meet for just the second time this season, with the former winning the first meeting. While it’s almost irrelevant to reference what happened many months ago before the sports world turned upside down, you better believe that the Heat will look to even the series up. Will they, or will the Nuggets double down on their 2020 win over Miami? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Regular Season Game on August 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Miami Heat (+1.5) vs. Denver Nuggets (-1.5) – view all 2020 NBA lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Miami Heat (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 41-24
Bam Adebayo seems to be all ready to play in Orlando. After having issues with COVID-19 tests, the uber-athletic Adebayo finally got this clearance to play at Disney World, and that’s good news for Miami, which asks a lot from the All-Star. Adebayo is an all-around tool for Miami, which is averaging 112.2 points per game and 11th in scoring defense with just 108.9 points allowed per contest. Adebayo is scoring 16.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, plus he swats away 1.3 shots on average. Adebayo is also one of eight Miami players averaging at least 11.0 points per game, a group that’s spearheaded by Jimmy Butler. The former Marquette Golden Eagle is putting up 20.2 points, while also playing defense on the other team’s best wing player.
The Heat are 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games.
Betting on the Denver Nuggets (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 43-22
Bol Bol is fast becoming the most fun player to watch at Disney World, as he’s shown uncanny ability to run the floor, hit outside shots, create his own buckets off the dribble, and block jump shots as a 7-2 unicorn. That’s what the Nuggets have right now, and it’s going to be fun seeing him play together on the floor with another gifted big man, Nikola Jokic. However, don’t expect Bol to be featured in the Orlando restart as much as he is being in scrimmages, as when things start to get serious, Denver will still prefer the vets like Mason Plumlee and Paul Millsap. Denver’s frontcourt dominated Miami’s biggies in a 109-89 home win last November, with Millsap Jokic, and Plumlee combining for 29 points in support of Jamaal Murray’s team-high points.
The Nuggets are 5-5 straight-up in their last 10 games.
The Nuggets win, 106-103.
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