- The Nuggets took down the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA finals, 104-93
- Denver has opened as a sizable favorite for Game 2
- See the full slate of opening Heat vs Nuggets Game 2 odds below
Game 1 of the 2023 NBA finals proved a lopsided affair, with the Denver Nuggets taking 17-point lead into halftime, a 21-point lead into the fourth quarter, and cruising to a 104-93 victory.
Oddsmakers took notice and have upped the spread for Game 2 ever so slightly.
Opening Heat vs Nuggets Game 2 Odds
|O 213.5 (-110)
|U 213.5 (-110)
The opening point spread sees the Nuggets favored by nine in the NBA betting odds for Sunday, while the Heat comeback as +320 road underdogs to even the series.
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Nuggets Cruise to Game 1 Win
Game 1 of the Heat vs Nuggets series wasn’t really in doubt past the ten-minute mark. Denver lead by nine after the first quarter, 17 at halftime, and 21 after three. They now own a perfect 9-0 record at home in the NBA playoffs.
Nikola Jokic continued his record-setting run with his ninth triple-double of the 2023 postseason. Jokic finished Game 1 with a team-high 27 points, along with 14 assists, and 10 rebounds.
As he has throughout the postseason, Jamal Murray proved a perfect running-mate to Jokic against Miami. The Canadian had 26 points on 11-22 shooting from the field plus ten assists, and six rebounds, putting him just four rebounds short of his own triple double.
Miami’s biggest gun, Jimmy Butler, was subpar, with just 13 points on 6-14 shooting from the floor. Center Bam Adebayo led the Heat with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Heat vs Nuggets Game 2 Line Movement
The public was all over Butler and the Heat as 8.5-point underdogs in Game 1, and even garnered well over 50% of the moneyline handle as big longshots to win in the NBA public betting splits for Thursday night.
This continued a trend from the Eastern Conference finals, when the Heat were routinely getting a ton of love from the public against the heavily-favored Celtics.
Despite the lopsided, uncompetitive nature of Game 1, look for the public to keep riding Miami and bring this line a little shorter before Sunday’s Game 2 in Denver.
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