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The Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will meet for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night at FTX Arena. The series is tied at 1-1.
The Nuggets will need to find a way to slow down the Heat’s offense. The Heat shot 50.0% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range in Game 2. They also outscored the Nuggets 46-24 in the bench [You can read the Game 2 stats here.].
The Nuggets also need to get more from their role players. Other than Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, no other Nuggets player scored in double figures in Game 2 [Again, you can read the Game 2 stats here.].
The Heat will look to continue their home dominance. They are now 6-0 at home in the playoffs. They will also be looking to get a win in front of their home crowd and take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Here are some key matchups to watch in Game 3:
- Nikola Jokic vs. Bam Adebayo: Jokic is the Nuggets’ best player, but he will need to find a way to get past Adebayo. Adebayo is one of the best defensive players in the NBA and he will be tasked with slowing down Jokic. [Slowing down Jokic is a Miami Heat task, more than just an Adebayo task. They key will be in limiting Jokic’s assists, if game 2 is any indication!]
- Jamal Murray vs. Jimmy Butler: Murray is the Nuggets’ second-best player and he will need to have a big game if the Nuggets want to win. Butler is the Heat’s best defender and he will be tasked with guarding Murray.
- The Heat’s bench vs. The Nuggets’ bench: The Heat’s bench was a major factor in Game 2. They outscored the Nuggets’ bench 46-24. The Nuggets will need to get more production from their bench if they want to win Game 3. [Sorry to repeat, but game 2 stats are linked above. The Heat did win the bench battle, but not by as much listed here]
The Nuggets are the underdogs in this series, but they have shown that they can compete with the Heat. If they can get a win in Game 3, it will be a huge momentum boost for them.
Calling the Nuggets the underdogs in the series is not accurate. In fact, calling them underdogs for game 3 is also not right. That being said, we have all learned to never count out the resilient Miami Heat! Game 3 should be fun!