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Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview | NBA Finals Game 1 June 1, 2023

Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview | NBA Finals Game 1 June 1, 2023

The Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets play Game 1 of their NBA Finals series this Thursday. Check out our preview of this Heat vs Nuggets matchup in the 2023 NBA Finals. There are more basketball previews to read here at TopBet, so feel free to look around and make bets once you’re ready.

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Betting Preview for the Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets NBA Finals Game 1 on June 1, 2023

Where: Ball Arena, Denver, CO

When: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 8:30 PM ET

Line: Miami Heat (+9.0) vs. Denver Nuggets (-9.0) – view all 2020-21 NBA lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN


Betting on the Miami Heat (+9.0)

Regular Season Record: 44-38

Whether they win the 2023 NBA Finals or not, what the Heat have already done in the playoffs is already utterly amazing. As a No. 8 seed, the Heat defeated the top-seeded team in the East in the first round and the No. 2 seed in the conference in the third round. That’s all you need to know about why Jimmy Butler and the Heat can never be underestimated even in the face of long odds to beat Denver. Butler, who has a price of +300 to win the 2023 NBA Finals MVP, is pacing the Heat in the playoffs with 28.5 points per game, but he is also getting much help from Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo, Gabe Vincent, and Max Strus, who have all raised their level of play.

The Heat are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games after a win.

Betting on the Denver Nuggets (-9.0)

Regular Season Record: 53-29

Anchored by Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have reached the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. They have played like the best team in the entire league since the playoffs started, further hammering that notion with a clean sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. Having taken care of business in that round the fastest way possible, the Nuggets will also come into this Thursday’s contest with fresher bodies than Miami, which had to go the full route in the East finals against the Celtics. Jokic and Jamal Murray form a scary tandem for Denver. Jokic is averaging 29.9 points in the playoffs on 53.8 FG%, while Murray is making 27.7 points on 48.0 FG%.

The Nuggets are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games after having at least three days of rest.

Writer’s Prediction

The Nuggets win, 117-112.

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