The Nuggets are at a crossroads entering Wednesday’s game with the Heat. They just lost Jamal Murray for the season and need to figure out how to replace him in the lineup.
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Nuggets vs. Heat Betting Preview
Denver’s success this year has been driven by MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic, but Jamal Murray has also been crucial to their success. He is a closer at the end of games that takes and makes plenty of big shots for the Nuggets. For a team that struggles with depth, this is going to be a big loss.
The Miami Heat, on the other hand, are on the upswing after injuries slowed them down earlier this year. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have Miami climbing in the Eastern Conference standings as they look to assert themselves as a championship contender once again.
Nuggets vs. Heat Odds
Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Colorado:
- Spread: Nuggets -4.5 (-112) // Heat +4.5 (-109)
- Moneyline: Nuggets -186 // Heat +155
- Total: Over 212 (-112) // Under 212 (-109)
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Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win
Nikola Jokic Over 24.5 Points (-112)
The Nuggets are going to need to adjust to life without Murray. After his torn ACL, the scoring burden is going to be on Jokic’s shoulders even more than it already was. He is having a career year scoring the basketball. If the Nuggets are going to beat up on the Heat, they are going to need a big night from Jokic.
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Bets We Like With A Heat Win
Duncan Robinson Over 12.5 Points (-104)
Duncan Robinson entered the NBA with little fanfare, but he is now well-regarded as one of the league’s best shooters. He doesn’t create for himself off the dribble, but he can knock down catch-and-shoot threes with ease. Denver allows 35.5 three-point attempts per game (21st in NBA), which means that Duncan Robinson should have his fair share of opportunities on Wednesday night.
He has scored 11 and 12 points in his last two games, but prior to that he scored 14 or more in six consecutive games.
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Nuggets vs. Heat Prediction and Pick
The Nuggets should still be one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference without Murray, but it might take time to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Head coach Mike Malone is going to need to adjust his rotations to account for the loss.
Due to the uncertainty facing the Nuggets, we’re taking the Heat with the points in this game. The relatively healthy Heat (they are without Victor Oladipo), should be able to cover this spread despite being on the road.
Pick: Heat +4.5
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