Three days after the NBA restart, bettors have their eyes set on a game between Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets. Sports bettors are brimming with anticipation given that the Heat is one of the two teams from Florida included in the remaining season.
The NBA 2019-20 season has been suspended since March 11, 2020 since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic. With its comeback, 22 teams will be gathering at the Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Some of the players from Heat and Nuggets suffered from the health crisis. There have been cases among both teams that turned up positive. NBA coordinators and staff from both parties are doing their best to monitor the affected players and to mitigate the spread of the disease.
As they continue to recover, the excitement among bettors is rising as the NBA restart kicks off between both squads. Listed below are the latest odds and the most popular picks by Sports Per Head
NBA Restart: Heat vs. Nuggets Odds
Heat (+2.5) -110
Nuggets (-2.5) -110
Heat to Win +120
Nuggets to Win -140
Over 210.5 -110
Under 210.5 -110
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Despite being one of the “home” teams in the league, Miami continues to compete as mild underdogs. On the other hand, Denver remains the crowd favorite in most sportsbooks.
On a different note, Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets’ center is still recovering from his battle with the coronavirus. He had the disease last June 2020. That being said, Jokic will return to the fold just in time. Nonetheless, the match between these two is something onlookers are looking forward to.
While both teams are at a standoff at 12th place for the most efficient defense, Miami and Denver are way behind in the league (27th and 29th, respectively). Although there were revisions done in the rules, the numbers are still low.
Heat vs. Nuggets Game Preview
To start with, no team has a “home/away” edge over the other since none of them have the home court advantage. Miami Heat and Orlando Magic may be both from the same state, but they will not be playing in their actual home arenas.
In the case of Heat and Nuggets, the former is considered to be more in their “territory”. This season, they displayed an incredible performance at the American Airlines Arena, having a record of 27-5.
Denver is not exactly how they were in the past. They have continually been dominating in their home turf, with a home record of 25-8. Meanwhile, the same could not be said for their performances on the road. Managing just 18-14; this is still their best away record to date.
This is one of the things spectators are hoping to witness. Both teams have good defenses and play a slow start. Moreover, their offensive attacks inside and outside are also excellent.
In terms of three-pointers, Miami carries quite a shooting team. In fact, they ranked as the first in the league. Denver can counter this edge with their remarkable perimeter defense.
The matchup between Denver and Miami also highlights the showdown between centers Bam Adebayo and Nikola Jokic. In the perspective of some basketball experts, Denver holds a higher edge in terms of consistent offensive attacks. Whereas, Miami is a more defensive team—listing as the second in the NBA.
Prediction and Pick
If you keep yourself updated with the Against The Spread (ATS) data, Miami being the “home” team, seems to be the wiser choice (33-30-2) as compared to Denver at 29-32-4. The away team, that being Denver, is a difficult pick as they are currently just 22-24-3 ATS. To the contrary, Miami is 9-11-1 ATS on the road as mild underdogs.
This means Denver has to play tooth and nail to make it in Florida. The Heat playing in its grounds holds a considerable edge, even with the lengthy postponement and adjustments.
Although both two teams play at par, Miami has a formidable depth, seizes more rebounds on each game, and can strike from the outside. Furthermore, several of their injured players, Jimmy Butler and Meyers Leonard, to name a few, are making a comeback just in time as the season resumes.
Between the two, Miami is expected to outplay the match, making them a better option. Aside from having a better offer, you can earn the extra gain on that mere +120 wager.
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