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Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat 6/7/2023 Picks, Tips and Previews

Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat 6/7/2023 Picks, Tips and Previews

NBA Finals – Game 3, Series tied 1-1

Game Three of the NBA Finals is set for Wednesday night as the Denver Nuggets take on the Miami Heat at the Kaseya Center. The Nuggets, known for their efficient offense, aim for their first-ever franchise championship. However, in their previous game on Sunday, Denver suffered a close 111-108 defeat against Miami.

In that game, Nikola Jokic, a two-time MVP, scored a game-high 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jamal Murray also contributed with 18 points (7-of-15 FG) and ten assists. Overall, the Nuggets shot 52 percent from the field.

Similarly, in Game 2, the Nuggets faced a 111-108 loss. They finished the game with a 52.0% field goal percentage, making 39 of 75 shots, and connected on 11 of 28 three-point attempts. They made 19 of 22 attempts from the free-throw line, resulting in an 86.4% success rate. The Nuggets secured 38 rebounds, including 9 offensive rebounds, and recorded 23 assists. They forced 11 turnovers and had 7 steals. Defensively, the Nuggets allowed Miami to shoot 48.7% from the field, with the Heat distributing 28 assists and recording 5 steals. Miami grabbed 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive) and blocked 2 shots. The Heat converted 18 of 20 free-throw attempts (90.0%) and made 17 of 35 three-pointers.

The Denver Nuggets achieved a record of 53-29 throughout the season. They averaged 115.8 points per game (12th in the NBA) and shot 50.4% from the field. Beyond the arc, they connected on 37.9% of their shots (969 of 2,559) and shot 75.1% from the free-throw line. The Nuggets averaged 43.0 rebounds per game and recorded 2,368 assists, ranking 2nd in the league in passing. However, they also turned the ball over 14.5 times per game and committed 18.6 personal fouls.

On the defensive end, the Nuggets forced 13.5 turnovers per game and drew 19.5 fouls. They allowed opponents to shoot 34.4% from beyond the arc and ranked 8th in the league in points allowed per game (112.5). Their opponents shot 47.8% from the field, and the Nuggets conceded an average of 40.8 rebounds per game. In terms of assists allowed, they ranked 16th in the NBA, with 2,105 relinquished this season.

Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat 6/7/2023 Picks, Tips and Previews

The Miami Heat are making their seventh NBA Finals appearance since 2005 and rank fifth in offensive efficiency during the playoffs. In Game Two, Miami made a strong comeback, outscoring Denver 17-5 in the first three-plus minutes of the fourth quarter to tie the best-of-seven series. The Heat made 17 of 35 three-pointers and shot 49 percent overall.

Gabe Vincent led Miami with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Jimmy Butler contributed 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting and dished out nine assists. Bam Adebayo added 21 points and nine rebounds. Despite being outrebounded 38-31, the Heat emerged victorious.

In Game 2, Miami allowed Denver to secure 38 rebounds, including 9 offensive rebounds. The Nuggets shot 39.3% from three-point range (11 of 28) and 86.4% from the free-throw line (19 of 22). On the other hand, the Heat allowed the Nuggets to make 39 of 75 field goal attempts, resulting in a shooting percentage of 52.0%. Miami shot 38 for 78 from the field (48.7%) and 

buried 17 of 35 three-point attempts (48.6%). They made 18 of 20 free throws (90.0%). The Nuggets committed 21 fouls, while the Heat committed 22.

Miami has a season record of 44-38. They commit an average of 18.5 fouls per game and shoot 83.1% from the free-throw line. They average 23.8 assists per game (25th in the league) and turn the ball over 13.5 times per game. The Heat scored 8,977 points this season (109.5 per game) and secured an average of 40.6 rebounds per contest. Offensively, they shoot 46.0% from the field, ranking 26th in the NBA.

Defensively, the Heat allow opponents to shoot 36.7% from beyond the arc (1,077 of 2,933), and opponents make 78.1% of their free throws. They concede an average of 25.6 assists and 41.8 rebounds per game, ranking 14th and 6th in the league, respectively. The Heat rank 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (109.8). They force 15.7 turnovers per game, and opponents shoot 48.2% from the field (22nd in the league).

Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat. The NBA has chosen the Denver Nuggets for this matchup. Tyler Herro’s availability for this game remains uncertain due to ongoing discomfort in his right hand. In terms of rebounding rate, the Miami Heat rank ninth in the postseason, while the Denver Nuggets hold the top position. To overcome Miami’s zone defense and secure victory on the road, the Nuggets may need to make adjustments. Ultimately, the Denver Nuggets emerge triumphant with a final score of 111-103.

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Venue: FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, 

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023


NBA Odds: Denver Nuggets -2.5

NBA Total: 214.5


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