Denver Nuggets are the 2023 NBA Champions

After another win at home Denver closed the series 4-1 and won the trophy for the first time in history


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The 2022-23 NBA season is over. Last night the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and they are now the 2023 Champions, closing the series 4-1. With a 94-89 win, the Nuggets showed how much better of a team they are and won the Larry O’Brien trophy for the first time in franchise history.

Once again the game was very low-scoring. And at the end, the Nuggets won again at home and closed the whole 2023 Playoffs with only one loss in Denver, in Game 2 of the Finals, versus the Miami Heat.

After a hard first half, Denver went back to the locker rooms trailing by seven points, losing by 51-44. In the second half not only the Nuggets played better but also Miami played worse. Because of that, they were able to overcome the first-half deficit and finish the game with a 5-point lead.

Best Performances

With a low-scoring game like that it is expected that we didn’t have many great performances. However, we still had a couple of double-doubles and good individual numbers in the game. Check out the numbers of the last game of the NBA season.

Denver Nuggets

  • Nikola Jokić – 28 PTS/16 REB
  • Michael Porter Jr. – 16 PTS/13 REB
  • Jamal Murray – 14 PTS/8 REB/8 AST

Miami Heat

  • Jimmy Butler – 21 PTS/5 AST
  • Bam Adebayo – 20 PTS/12 REB
  • Kyle Lowry – 12 PTS/9 REB

Bets

As expected in a game like that, we missed a few picks in the player props over choices. However, we still hit some other lines, especially the ones about the game result. Check out the outcome of our predictions.

  • MIA Heat +8.5 (MIA lost by 5)
  • Under 209.5 points (183 points)
  • Max Strus under 7.5 points (12 points)
  • Bam Adebayo over 10.5 rebounds (12 rebounds)
  • Nikola Jokić over 9.5 assists (4 assists)
  • Michael Porter Jr. under 1.5 three-pointers (1 three-pointer)
  • Aaron Gordon over 23.5 points, rebounds and assists combined (4 PTS/7 REB/1 AST = 12 total)
  • Jamal Murray over 33.5 points and assists combined (14 PTS/8 AST = 22 total)
  • Game will have between 201 to 210 total points (183 points)
  • Jimmy Butler to record 6 assists and 0 turnovers in the game (5 assists and 1 turnover)