It's finals time, baby! The NBA Finals are finally upon us, and this is going to be one for the ages when the number one seed from the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets, takes on the number eight seed from the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat. A championship ring is on the line here, and with the Golden State Warriors already crashing out, a new team will be crowned this season.
The experts here at Dabble break down everything you need to know about the NBA Finals for the 2022-23 season. Check out all our NBA tips below:
Denver Nuggets’ run to the NBA Finals
The Nuggets straight up dominated their way through the Western Conference and now find themselves as strong favourites to win it all. Whether you think Jokic was robbed of a third consecutive MVP or not, there’s no doubt he’s been the best performer of this postseason. For 90% of these playoffs, he’s been unguardable.
He hasn’t been alone on this run, though, with Jamal Murray playing at a ridiculously high level and having some words to say about it as well. Murray averaged 30ppg last series, shooting it at 50, 40, 90 clips, which all basketball heads know is absurd. With MPJ and Gordon filling their important roles on the wings, this Nuggets team has depth and enough pieces to perfectly compliment their superstar duo.
Miami Heat's run to the NBA Finals
Call it improbable, call it a good run, call it whatever you want, but this Miami Heat team is special. The clip from last year’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 where Jimmy said he would get his team back to this exact spot and win it, is just outrageous.
Last year they were the #1 seed, this season they are the 8-seed who lost the first play-in game to Atlanta and found themselves 3 minutes away from being knocked out of the playoffs altogether! That’s how unbelievably good this Miami team has been in the last few weeks, all without Tyler Herro who has been injured.
Jimmy Butler might be the best competitor in the entire NBA, and he has put this team on his back to be four games away from history. For the Heat, it’s been the role players who have really stood out. Guys like Max Strus, Gabe Vincent and now Caleb Martin have been playing out of their minds and with the level of confidence they now have, anything is possible.
Who will win the 2023 NBA Finals?
I know this has been said about Miami every series so far, but I just can’t see a way they get past the Nuggets in this series. Bam is a great defender, but the Joker is a different beast and can hurt you in so many different ways.
The biggest issue I have with the Heat’s chances is what happens when Bam goes off the floor. It will have to be Cody Zeller of Kevin Love who has to guard Jokic, and that just won’t end well. Having said that, don’t be surprised to see Jimmy guard him as well, he just wants every challenge.
Even with those main matchups falling the way of Denver, their bench is also stronger than Miami and will play a big role if needed. If Tyler Herro comes back and can play 20-odd solid minutes, Miami may be able to pull off a miracle.
Peter Hooley's Expert NBA Finals Tip: Denver Nuggets 4-1
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