The NBA is set up with a strong night of action on April 14. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Miami has earned a record of 28-26 so far this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. The Heat are right behind the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks and will look to keep pace with a win in this one. Miami is coming off a loss on Tuesday night, which ended a two game winning streak. The Heat will look to get back on track with a win in this one.
The Nuggets have put up a record of 34-20 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. Denver has lost back to back games and will look to get back on track in this one. The Nuggets are only one game ahead of the Lakers and two and a half games back on the Clippers. Denver will look to move closer with a win on Wednesday night.
These two teams are sitting in playoff spots as of right now, which should lead to a great game in this one. Denver has been stronger throughout this season, but are now without Jamal Murray for the rest of the season. The Nuggets will look for some players to step up down the stretch as they near the postseason. I expect an exciting matchup in this one.
The Heat and the Nuggets met up twice throughout last season. Denver hosted the first game on November 5. Jimmy Butler scored 16 points on the night, but it was not enough for Miami. Jamal Murray dropped 21 points, while Will Barton had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points off the bench as the Nuggets won 109-89 at home.
The second game of the season series was during the qualifiers on August 1. Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant both had 19 points. It was not enough for Denver this time though. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo both earned 22 points. Kelly Olynyk finished with 20 points off the bench to help give the Heat a 125-105 win in this one.
Miami hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 27. Kendrick Nunn finished with 17 points for the Heat, but it was not enough this time. Nikola Jokic earned 21 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 17 points off the bench. Jamal Murray added 14 points to help lead the Nuggets to a 109-82 win on the road.
The Nuggets have won four of their last five games against Miami and will look to keep it going in this one. Denver was able to win the first game of this season’s series with a dominant performance. The Heat have picked up their play as of late though and will look to earn a win in this one. I expect Miami to put up a bigger fight on Wednesday night’s matchup.
Field Goal Shooting
The Heat have struggled a bit shooting the ball throughout this season. Miami has made around 46.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. The Heat have shot 34.8 percent from deep, which is 26th in the league. Miami has drained around 78.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 11th in the NBA.
Denver has been really strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Nuggets have been shooting 48.8 percent from the field, which is 3rd in the league. Denver has been making 38.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 5th in the NBA. The Nuggets have sunk 78.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 9th in the league.
The Nuggets have been much better throughout this season shooting, but Miami has been better on defense. The Heat have held opposing teams to a 44.7 percent from the field, which is 2nd in the league. Denver has allowed their opponents to make 46.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th from the field. Miami will look for their defense to shut down the Nuggets in this one.
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have helped lead this Miami team this season. Butler is averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Adebayo has averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds. Tyler Herro is averaging 15.5 points per game. Kendrick Nunn has averaged 13.5 points per game, while Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic are both averaging 13 points per game.
Nikola Jokic has been the leader for this Nuggets team so far this season. Jokic has averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists per game. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Will Barton has averaged 13 points, while Aaron Gordon is averaging 11.5 points per game. Monte Morris has averaged 10.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
Denver’s lineup took a huge hit two nights ago with Jamal Murray going down for the season. The Nuggets will need someone to step up in a big way in this one. Denver will look for their stars to step up in this one as they try to hold off the Heat. Miami will be without Victor Oladipo on Wednesday night, which could hurt them as well.
The Nuggets are scrambling a bit now with the loss of Jamal Murray. I think that Miami can take advantage of that in this one. The Heat have been solid this season and find themselves in a tight Eastern Conference playoff race. Miami will look to step up after losing last night to knock off Denver. If the Heat can set up their defense in this one, it could help Miami grab the upset.
BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -4 against the money line in this one. This gives a solid edge to Denver at home. I agree with this line, but I think the Heat will come out with a plan of attack. Miami will come after the Point Guard spot with Jamal Murray out, which I think can help them earn this win. I am taking the Heat with the points.