Through 1 Quarter
The Denver Nuggets were expected to win this one, and so far that’s exactly how it’s playing out. They are way out in front after one quarter with a 26-14 lead over the Miami Heat.
Denver has enjoyed the tag-team combination of small forward Will Barton and power forward Paul Millsap. The former has ten points in addition to three rebounds, while the latter has six points and two assists along with two boards. Miami has been led by center Bam Adebayo, who so far has seven points.
Denver @ Miami
Current Records: Denver 10-7; Miami 6-10
What to Know
The Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat are even-steven against one another since January of 2016 (5-5), but not for long. Denver will face off against the Heat on the road at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Nuggets will be strutting in after a victory while Miami will be stumbling in from a defeat.
Denver came out on top in a nail-biter against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, sneaking past 117-113. Denver’s small forward Michael Porter Jr. did his thing and shot 6-for-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 30 points and eight rebounds.
Meanwhile, the matchup between Miami and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday was not particularly close, with Miami falling 98-85. Shooting guard Duncan Robinson had a pretty forgettable game, playing for 38 minutes but putting up just seven points on 1-for-10 shooting.
The Nuggets are the favorite in this one, with an expected 5.5-point margin of victory. They are currently four-for-four against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
Denver is now 10-7 while the Heat sit at 6-10. Two numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Denver comes into the game boasting the most fouls drawn per game in the league at 22.5. Miami is not quite as good, but they are no chumps, either: they enter the contest with 21.8 fouls drawn per game on average, good for fourth best in the league. Be prepared to get familiar with the officiating crew.
How To WatchWhen: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ETWhere: AmericanAirlines Arena — Miami, FloridaTV: Altitude Sports & EntertainmntFollow: CBS Sports AppOdds
The Nuggets are a solid 5.5-point favorite against the Heat, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 5.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Miami and Denver both have five wins in their last ten games.
Aug 01, 2020 – Miami 125 vs. Denver 105Nov 05, 2019 – Denver 109 vs. Miami 89Feb 11, 2019 – Denver 103 vs. Miami 87Jan 08, 2019 – Denver 103 vs. Miami 99Mar 19, 2018 – Miami 149 vs. Denver 141Nov 03, 2017 – Denver 95 vs. Miami 94Apr 02, 2017 – Denver 116 vs. Miami 113Nov 30, 2016 – Miami 106 vs. Denver 98Mar 14, 2016 – Miami 124 vs. Denver 119Jan 15, 2016 – Miami 98 vs. Denver 95