3 Best Prop Bets for Heat vs Nuggets NBA Finals Game 1 on June 1 (Nikola Jokic's Playoff Dominance Continues)
Thursday's NBA Playoffs slate features an exciting Game 1 showdown between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets with the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the line. FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NBA odds list the Nuggets as comfortable 9-point home favorites with the projected total set at 219.5 points.
Here are three of the best prop bets for the Heat-Nuggets game, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Heat vs Nuggets Game 1 Player Props
To Record a Triple Double
Under 16.5 Points
Michael Porter Jr.
Over 2.5 Made Threes
1. Nikola Jokic to Record a Triple Double (+100)
The Nuggets certainly play a style of basketball that focuses on sharing the basketball and creating open shots. However, it's still safe to say that Nikola Jokic has been a one-man wrecking crew during Denver's postseason run. The All-Star center is averaging 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists across 15 games. He has recorded a triple-double in eight of those 15 contests and now faces a Miami defense that was unable to stop him in the regular season. Jokic averaged 23.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in two showdowns against the Heat. Game 1 will give major momentum to one side and expect Jokic to do whatever it takes for that side to be Denver.
2. Bam Adebayo - Points: Under 16.5 (-122)
Bam Adebayo's offensive role took a step back in the Eastern Conference Finals as he only averaged 14.9 points on a 48.2% shooting percentage. He was even held to single-digit shot attempts in two of those seven games, which didn't happen at all in the first two rounds. Adebayo has not tallied more than 16 points in any of his last five games and the change in opponent doesn't do him any favors. Jokic's offensive skill set has gotten Adebayo in foul trouble during past matchups, meaning his minutes could end up being lower than usual on Thursday. Adebayo is only averaging 13.4 points across 12 career games against the Nuggets, anyways.
3. Michael Porter Jr. - Made Threes: Over 2.5 (-142)
The juiced odds may cause bettors to hesitate in backing this prop, but they shouldn't as Michael Porter Jr. has knocked down at least 3 shots from beyond the arc in six of his last eight games. Defenses have been focusing on Jokic & Jamal Murray, which leaves Porter Jr. with opportunities to drain open shots. There's a possibility that Porter Jr. draws Jimmy Butler in defensive coverage here, which is noteworthy because of Butler's quick hands. It's an advantage Porter Jr. can take away if he relies on his long-range shooting skills rather than his driving skills. The Missouri product sank 5 three-pointers in his last matchup against the Heat on Feb. 13.
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