Game 2. Series score 1:0.
Denver, Ball Arena.
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Nikola Jokic is unstoppable, and many experts probably regretted not giving the Serb a third MVP award. Denver has been on a steady pace in the playoffs, suffering only three losses in 16 games. The Lakers' sweep may be slightly overrated, as the Nuggets were outscored in some games, and everything was decided in the endings.
What matters now is that Jokic doesn't have to solo the match. Jamal Murray can create his shot, though he often scores after Nikola's assists. Michael Porter Jr. is more dependent on the playmaker, and his three-point shooting influenced the team's success. That said, Porter has never gained 20 points per game this postseason, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aaron Gordon have.
Gordon took advantage of his size during his last game against the Heat and regularly pressured his opponents. Denver's long-range shots were ineffective, with only Bruce Brown and Nikola Jokic hitting at solid percentages. As a result, the defense came out on top, and the game was not very productive - 104-93, a win for the Nuggets. Jokic made ten assists before halftime but got 27 points in the final quarter. Jamal Murray had a double-double of 26 points and ten assists on 11-of-22 shooting.
Erik Spoelstra has been one of the major contributors to Miami's success this playoff run. Now he needs to show his coaching skills to fight Denver. After all, Spoelstra has to work with a sub-optimal Heat lineup, and Jimmy Butler's injury could take its toll. A lot depends on his shooters right now. Even Duncan Robinson and Haywood Highsmith have a significant role on the floor.
Poor shooting from beyond the arc was the main reason behind Miami's defeat last season. Max Strus failed all nine long-range attempts, and Robinson had no shots either. Kyle Lowry, Haywood Highsmith, and Gabe Vincent had to step up, and their efforts were enough to raise the three-point percentage to 33.3. Offensively, Bam Adebayo carried a heavier load with 26 points, while Jimmy Butler made 6 of 14 attempts. The Heat were not aggressive enough offensively, earning only one shooting foul per game.
Expert Betting Tips
Denver could be better on defense, which was evident even in the first game. Miami had a lot of long-range shots, but their offense struggled. Now the Heat have time to adapt, and the three days of rest after a lengthy playoff run should also play a role. The Nuggets should also adjust after a long layoff, so they should expect higher production first.