Heat vs. Nuggets odds, prediction, time: 2023 NBA Finals picks
Ball Arena hosts the 2023 NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Denver Nuggets host the Miami Heat in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series for the title.
After obtaining the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Denver is 12-3 in playoffs and swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals. Miami, the No. 8 seed in the East, defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games to reach the championship round.
Denver tipoff is 8:30 p.m. ET. The Heat vs. Nuggets odds at Caesars Sportsbook have Denver as an 8.5-point home favorite and a 219 over/under.
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Miami's defense might be an X-factor. The Heat have scored over 1.16 points per possession in the 2023 NBA playoffs, but Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler lead the defense.
In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Heat limited the Celtics to a season-low 84 points. Miami has allowed 111.5 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs. Miami is averaging 7.4 thefts and 19.3 points off turnovers in the playoffs.
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