The NBA returns this week after four months. The first match in the post-COVID-19 NBA season is the New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz game, which is on the program on Thursday. Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat, the game we’re going to preview now, is happening two days later.
- Date: August 1, 2020
- Time: 1 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Venue: HP Field House in Disney World, Orlando
- How to Watch: NBA TV, ABC, TNT, and ESPN
Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat Moneyline Odds
|Denver Nuggets||Miami Heat|
All Key Denver Nuggets Players Are in the Bubble
With PJ Dozier arriving in Orlando yesterday, Denver Nuggets have their entire team in the bubble, which has made them hopeful of leapfrogging Los Angeles Clippers on the second spot in the West.
Monte Morris has also arrived a few days ago, while Michael Porter Jr. has already featured in a pre-season game. The only who’s stayed in Colorado is Vlatko Cancar, although no one can call the 23-year-old Slovenian small forward a crucial player.
Speaking of Nuggets’ crucial players, they’re all in the Orlando bubble. Even more importantly, they’ve all had a great time in the games leading to the season restart.
Although Nuggets did lose two out of three pre-season matches in Florida, their fans can be satisfied with the form their key men are having. Troy Daniels, for example, was the highest scorer in two of those games.
Miami Heat’s High Hopes
Miami Heat is currently in fourth place in the East, which, for some NBA analysts, is an overachievement. This team was projected to finish the season with 43.5 wins. They’ve already won 41 games, and there are eight more games to be played before the end of the regular season.
They’re hoping to build on their performances before the NBA suspension. Still, no matter how they perform in the rest of the regular season, it’s almost certain that we’ll see Miami Heat in the playoffs.
With such talented players as Jimmy Butler (PPG leader) and Ben Adebayo (block leader), Miami Heat fans definitely have the right to dream big. What has to worry them, though, is that in the three pre-season games in Orlando, they were pretty poor defensively.
That’s an issue Butler spoke about after the 128-110 defeat to Memphis Grizzlies, suggesting that he and his teammates will have to take their defense to a new level against Nuggets. If they manage to do it, they should be able to get their first win against the Colorado team in more than two years.
Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat Prediction
There’s no doubt that Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat is one of the most exciting matchups this weekend. Both teams have some super-talented players in the rooster, meaning that anything can happen. Whichever team wins, it’s not going to be a surprise.
Still, despite NBA bookmakers giving the role of the favorite to Nuggets, we think Heat could win this one.
- Miami Heat (+110)