Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will define it Champion of the 2022-2023 NBA season. Those of Michael Malone and Erik Spoelstra They surpassed the Lakers and Celtics, respectively, in the Conference standings and now face each other in a unprecedented finalsto the point where they will be the first in history for the Colorado franchise.
In the Regular Season, the two wins were at the hands of the Nuggets: 124-119 at Ball Arena with 20 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and 112-108 in Miamiwith 27 points from Nikola Jokic.
then everyone the details of the series between the Nuggets and the Heat for the 2023 NBA Finals.
Calendar | TV and Streaming | Nuggets | Heat | Series Key | Predictions
Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat Series Schedule: 2023 NBA Playoffs
|Game||Day||Schedule (MX | ET | AR | ES)||Local||Visitor|
|1||Thursday June 1st||6:30 p.m. | 20:30 | 9:30 p.m. | 2:30||Nuggets||Heat|
|2||Sunday, June 4||6:00 p.m. | 20:00 | 9:00 p.m. | 2:00||Nuggets||Heat|
|3||Wednesday June 7th||6:30 p.m. | 20:30 | 9:30 p.m. | 2:30||Heat||Nuggets|
|4||Friday, June 9||6:30 p.m. | 20:30 | 9:30 p.m. | 2:30||Heat||Nuggets|
|5*||Monday, June 12||6:30 p.m. | 20:30 | 9:30 p.m. | 2:30||Nuggets||Heat|
|6*||Thursday, June 15||6:30 p.m. | 20:30 | 9:30 p.m. | 2:30||Heat||Nuggets|
|7*||Sunday, June 18||6:00 p.m. | 20:00 | 9:00 p.m. | 2:00||Nuggets||Heat|
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How and where to watch the series between Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat for the 2023 NBA Playoffs?
- TV channels:
- Argentina: ESPN
- Spain: mSports, let’s go
- Mexico: ESPN
- USA: alphabet
- Argentina: Star+, DGo, Flow, Telecentro Play and NBA League Pass
- Spain: Movistar Plus+ and NBA League Pass
- Mexico: Star+ and NBA League Pass
- USA: SlingTV, NBA League Pass
Denver Nuggets 2022-2023 season: stats and facts
- Record: 53-29 (1st in Western Conference)
- Stroke: 117.6 points per 100 possessions (5th)
- Defense: 114.2 points per 100 possessions (15th)
- original quintet: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic
- Coach: Michael Malone
- Points: Nikola Jokic (24.5)
- bounces: Nikola Jokic (11.8)
- It helps: Nikola Jokic (9.8)
- Thefts: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1.5)
- plugs: Aaron Gordon (0.8)
- Field rate: DeAndre Jordan (76.5%)
- Three-point percentage: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (42.3%)
Denver was at the top of their lineup First Round vs. Minnesota Timberwolveswhen imposed by 4-1. The cross showed the duo at an excellent level Nikola Jokic-Jamal Murray: 27.2 points for the point guard and 26.2 points plus 12.4 rebounds and 9 assists for the Serb.
In the second round, Denver needed one more game and beat the Phoenix Suns 4-2: Jokic averaged 34.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 10.3 assists in the series and Murray added 24.8 points and 6.5 assists.
For her part, a momentum came to the West Finals 4-0 over the Los Angeles Lakerswith Jokic accompanied by a Jamal Murray from anthology: 32.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 41% 3-pointers for the district.
Miami Heat in the 2022-2023 season: statistics and facts
- Record: 44-38 (8th in Eastern Conference)
- Stroke: 112.3 points per 100 possessions (25th)
- Defense: 112.8 points per 100 possessions (9th)
- original quintet: Gabe Vincent, Jimmy Butler, Max Strus, Kevin Love and Bam Adebayo
- Coach: Erik Spölstra
- Points: Jimmy Butler (22.9)
- bounces: Bam Adebayo (9.2)
- It helps: Jimmy Butler (5.3)
- Thefts: Jimmy Butler (1.8)
- plugs: Bam Antebayo (0.8)
- Field rate: Cody Zeller (62.7%)
- Three-point percentage: Caleb Martin (35.6%)
Jimmy Butler had a historic performance as the Miami Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-1, the #1 in the East. Butler averaged 37.6 points per game and Bam Adebayo followed with 17.4 points, 5 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game.
In the second round, Miami eliminated the New York Knicksat a crossing defined by 4-2 in favor of Spoelstra’s, with six players averaging double figures in scoring.
For their part, in the Eastern Finals they surprised them Boston Celtics 4-3in a very rare streak: They opened with a 3-0 lead, then were on the verge of a three-game losing streak in Boston, but finally they won the seventh at TD Garden to reach the set.
Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat: the key to the series
When talking about the key of the series, one could mention the possible impact of forms such as e.g Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo. However, it is not only those stars who have left Denver and Miami in the finals, but also the role players. And specifically, his shooter.
It’s no coincidence that the Nuggets and Heat have it Best 3-point percentage in the playoffssince they both know how to make the most of it defensive attention your figures receiveto find them KCPs either Max Struses released and with comfortable shots on a stable leg.
Denver has been hurting like this for years. If the opponent defends Jokic one-on-one, the Serb scores them near the paint. And if he is double-marked or closed near the hoop, Sobor uses his own amazing vision and accuracy in finding snipers that surround him.
That wasn’t the essence of Miami’s game, but since then Tyler Herro’s injury At the start of these Playoffs, they’ve become a fairly similar version—in this particular aspect—to the Nuggets. The ball always in Butler’s handswho reads the defense and decides if it fits attack one-on-one or help one of your open teammates for an outside shot.
It is no coincidence that Spoelstra’s have left a weak 34% to excellent 39% in triplicates, between regular season and playoffs. Or what the players like Duncan Robinson returned to the rotation after being sidelined all season.
From this scenario emerge several elements that could determine the fate of the 2023 Finals. The most obvious is effectiveness of each other’s shooters: It makes sense that on teams that rely so heavily on the outside shot, their success rates determine their chances of winning.
Denver has 11-0 record in these playoffs when shooting at least 35% on 3-pointers and from 1-3 when it remains at 34% or less. Miami, for its part, won six of eight games in which he reached at least 40% of success.
In any case, there are factors that can end up having a direct effect on that effectiveness, aside from just how accurate the players taking the pitches in question might be. And the main one of them goes through the individual defense that Miami (Antebayo) does on Jokic and Denver (KCP and Brown) on Butler. If they can hold them off one by one, without needing help – easier said than done – there will be less open and comfortable shots for your partners.
Yes Jokic and Butler consistently exceed their markers and opponents need help and substitutions, we’ll see…
… Or this, over and over again.
Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat: 2023 NBA Finals Predictions
These are the NBA Sporting News staff predictions for the series between the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat.
- Augustine Aboy: Nuggets in 5
- Leandro Fernandez: Heat to 6
- Juan Esteves: Nuggets in 6
- Serge Rabinal: Nuggets in 6
- Mauricio Codocea: Heat to 7
The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the NBA or its organizations.