Denver Nuggets-Miami Heat: The NBA begins to search for its champion

The NBA begins to search for its champion. Denver Nuggets, winner of the Western Conference and top seed, receives this Thursday the Miami Heat, winner in the East and the big surprise of the playoffs, in the first match of the series to the best of seven games of the final of the most attractive basketball league in the world. Denver’s Ball Arsena will host the first two matches, the first scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

Denver, which is disputing its first definition, it was the best team of the season regular in the west With a record of 58 wins and 24 losses, and once in the playoffs he was dominant, with consecutive wins over Minnesota Timberwolves (4-1) in the quarterfinals, on Phoenix Suns (4-2) in semifinals and over Los Angeles Lakers (4-0) in the end.

Miami is the opposite: finished in seventh place in the East regular season with a 44-38 campaign and in the play in he lost to Atlanta Hawks, but they finally qualified for the playoffs by beating the Chicago Bulls and finishing eighth. From there it became another team and eliminated Milwaukee Bucks (4-1), to New York Knicks (4-2) and in the final to Boston Celtics (4-3).

With Nikola Jokic as a big star, Denver qualified for the first time in franchise history to an NBA finals, with Michael Malone as coach. But in addition to the Serbian, dominant on both boards and author of eight “triple doubles” in the postseason, Denver has a very outstanding starting lineupwith Canadian point guard Jamal Murray, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, power forward Aaron Gordon and forward Michael Porter Jr., who have gained prominence in search of the championship ring.

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Miami arrives worn out by the Play-ins and a tough final against current runner-up Bostonin which they placed 3-0 and finally triumphed 4-3 when it was possible for the first time in history that a team, in this case the Celtics, managed to reverse the 0-3 by 4-3.

The Heat’s star player, with Erik Spoelstra as coach, is forward Jimmy Butler, fundamental in offense and defense throughout this postseason, with the addition of power forward Bam Adebayo, without neglecting forward Caleb Martin and point guard Gabe Vincent. With many blue-collar workers on the roster, the Heat’s forte is the team game. Nobody expected Miami in this final, but the team from the state of Florida, champion in 2006, 2012 and 2013, arrived and will go looking for the hit.

In the regular season they played twice and the Nuggets won both times. On December 30, the victory at the Ball Center was 124-119 and on February 13 at the Kaseya Center it was 112-108. The series will continue on Sunday, again in Denver.

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