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Heat vs Nuggets Game 2 Props/Live Betting Tips

Heat Warm Up in Most Important Game

The Miami Heat took the Denver Nuggets’ best onslaught from Game 1 and are getting back up for Game 2. The loss was Miami’s first to open a series this NBA Playoffs. But the team cannot afford to go down 0-2 in the series. Thus, expect Erik Spoelstra and the Heat to play much better for Game 2. Bank on these players to show up per the NBA lines.

Strus Bounces Back

Miami lost Game 1 partly because their sharpshooters could not hit their 3-point attempts. Max Struss struggled the most as he missed all nine of his 3-point shots. The NBA odds of Strus posting another donut are worth betting online against. The prolific shooter to hit at least two 3s. On top of that, Strus could be one of Miami’s leading scorers (averages 9.8 points in the postseason).

Heat vs Nuggets Game 2 Props/Live Betting Tips
Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat battles Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets | Matthew stockman / getty images via afp

Pick: Max Strus Total Points – Over 9½ (+110)

Pick: Max Strus Total 3-Point Field Goals Made – Over 1½ (-180)

“Himmy” Butler Rises

Jimmy Butler was relatively quiet in the Game 1 loss. He scored 13 points on 14 field-goal attempts. It also the first time Butler did not attempt any free throws these playoffs. In fact, the entire Heat team attempted two free throws while Denver got 20. And Miami lost by 11 points. That won’t be the case for Game 2 so bet online on the Heat, led by Butler, to be more aggressive as they find more ways to get their offense going.

Pick: Jimmy Butler Total Points + Rebounds + Assists – Over 39½ (-120)

Stuffing Murray Is Key for Miami

If Miami is to beat Denver, beating the two-man show of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray is key. It’s a lot easier said than done as these two continue to make NBA history. Containing Jokic may not be possible for the smaller Heat. But preventing Murray from not only scoring but facilitating (26 points and 10 assists in Game 1) would go a long way. If any coach can gameplan to slow Murray down, it’s Spoelstra.

Pick: Jamal Murray Total Points + Assists – Under 32½ (-115)

Heat vs Nuggets Game Information

  • Game: Heat vs Nuggets
  • Date: Sunday, June 4, 8 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Ball Arena, Denver
  • Heat vs Nuggets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

Heating Up the Ball Arena

While Miami could have some success in neutralizing Murray, don’t expect them to slow down Denver too much. The Nuggets, through Jokic, will still get their points. And if Miami is to clamp down on Denver, it will be through the second-half after Spoelstra and the team further make adjustments. Thus, the first half is the best NBA pick to be the higher-scoring half.

Pick: Highest Scoring Half – 1st Half (-150)

Denver blasted past Miami in the first half of Game 1. The team scored 59 points on 59.5% shooting (45.5% from deep) while having 18 assists to four turnovers. Part of their success came from Miami’s sluggish start. The altitude does impact visitors, especially early in the game. Miami will have a better start to this game but Denver should still be favored to be leading.

Pick: First Half Race to 50 Points – Nuggets (-225)

Live Betting Pick

It’s hard to see how Miami can throw a wrench in the Nuggets’ well-oiled machine. But it was also also unlikely for this team to beat Milwaukee in five games and go up 3-0 on Boston, the two best regular season teams. Miami will make NBA news again as it puts up a better fight against Denver. It may not win the game, but Miami will cover the spread and will be worth betting as the game plays.

Pick: Miami Heat +8½ (-110)

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