NBA: Nuggets and Heat kick off an unprecedented Final at the Pepsi Center | Video
Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will start this Thursday nba finalswhere he Colorado team arrives as a favorite after sweeping los angeles lakers with the leadership of the Serbian center Nikola Jokicwhile the team Florida is the surprise of these 'playoffs' after having eliminated Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.
Nuggets, trained by Mike Malonethey finished the regular season as Western Conference top seed and they have made good predictions in their title qualifiers. So they beat Minnesota Timberwolves (4-1) and then to Phoenix Suns (4-2) before winning the aforementioned series against the Lakers (4-0).
The great reference of the Colorado team is the Serbian Nikola Jokic, twice 'MVP' of the regular season and who has led his franchise this year towards the first Finals in its history. He has achieved it by signing eight triple-doubles in 15 games, with averages of 29.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 10.1 assists.
One of the reasons for the favoritism of his Nuggets is to have the pig factor in favor, because until now have been intractable at the Ball Arena in Denver, where they do not know defeat in these 'playoffs'. However, the Heat have already been able to leave other opponents behind in decisive games on the road.
The big surprise this season, and one of the biggest in NBA history, is the presence in these Finals of the team coached by Erik Spölstra. Not surprisingly, he agreed to the playoffs in the last game of the 'play-in' and, since then, it has prevailed over the two best teams of the year in the East, Bucks (4-1) and Celtics (4-3), in addition to the New York Knicks (4-2).
Much of the blame for a team without great stars fighting for the title lies with Jimmy Butler, that one more year has turned on the 'clutch' mode, averaging more than 28.5 points and with iconic performances. That's how it was when he scored 56 in the fourth game of the series against the bucks, fourth-best mark in NBA postseason history.
In addition to Butler, the 'a priori' great reference of the Florida team is the pivot Bam Adebayowho is showing a inconsistent performancebut the surprise has been the appearance of Caleb Martin, a player not 'drafted' in 2019 who is being the surprise factor by averaging more than 19 points in the previous series.
Denver is facing the possibility of its first ring; while, Miami is more than used to these instances, already played the 2020 final, losing to the Lakers, whereas last year he was at just one point away from qualifying against the Celtics in the seventh game of the Eastern final.
In addition to the purely sports rivalry, between these two franchises there are tversion coming from 2021when Jokic assaulted Markieff Morris; that caused a confrontation with Butler and his companions. Now, this battle will live another installment that could be extended until June 18 if they are necessary seven games.
game 1 of the Final Series begins this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Central Mexico time, in the house of the Nuggets.
(With information from Europe Press)
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