The Denver Nuggets are only two wins away from securing their first NBA Championship in franchise history, and Nikola Jokic has been historically dominant in the series.
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are now playing with their backs against the wall in a must-win game four on their home court where they just were obliterated in game three.
Jokic became the first player to ever have a 30-20-10 line in an NBA Finals game, and he and his teammate Jamal Murray became the first players to have 30-point triple-doubles in the NBA Finals.
The hill to climb for the Miami Heat is a big one, but they have been battle tested all year long and absolutely have the chance to make their own history as being the only eighth seed to win a championship.
What they will need is their three-point shooting performance from the Eastern Conference Finals, and they need it fast.
Ahead of the game on Friday night, the Nuggets are again favored on the road over the Heat at -3.
Continuing historic dominance in the postseason
Due to the spotlight not being on the Denver Nuggets throughout the regular season, Nikola Jokic is getting a chance to showcase to everyone why he is indisputably the best player in the world.
Jokic is far and away proving he is the best player in this series as he continues to make every correct decision no matter who he ends up facing off against.
The Heat continually try to keep Bam Adebayo on him, but it just ends up being too much for someone as great as Bam to handle.
With the flurry of shots made by Jamal Murray, this duo is only two wins away from winning the whole thing.
More threes from the rest of the role players
For most of the playoffs, the Miami Heat have seen different role players step up and hit big shots like Duncan Robinson did in game two.
They need that now more than ever if they want to have a chance to climb into this series as the underdog.
Jimmy Butler finally had a pretty big game finishing with 28 points, but without the shooting behind him, the Heat were constantly trying to play catch up.
If the three-point shots don’t start hitting on Friday night, the Heat are going to be in a no-win situation and Denver will take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
Nuggets @ Heat Betting Prediction
All season long, the Heat have been playing better where they are in the position of being an underdog.
The problem, despite Jokic and Murray’s brilliance, is that hardly any contributions from role players has happened for Denver.
All this means is that Denver has another level they can get to offensively and they were able to guard the perimeter much better in game three.
Miami is going to have a tough battle on their home court but the Nuggets will take this one as the favorites at -3.
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