History has already been created in this year’s NBA Finals series, and BetDeluxe takes a close look at Game 4 as the Heat attempt to bounce back on their home court.
Heat vs. Nuggets
10th June 10:30am
A record-breaking night from Nikola Jokic allowed the Denver Nuggets to regain the ascendancy in the NBA Finals as they took a 2-1 lead with a 94-109 victory in Miami.
The two-time MVP was unstoppable in the Nuggets’ first game on the road, becoming the only player in NBA history to post a 30-20-10 triple-double with 32 points, 21 rebounds and ten assists. In a similar fashion to their Game 2 loss, the Joker imparted his dominance from the opening term with 10 points and 7 boards.
Unlike that game, however, Jamal Murray joined Jokic for the ride with his 34 points, 10 boards and 10 assists. Following in the footsteps of Steph Curry and Draymond Green, it made Jokic and Murray just the second duo in NBA Finals history to register simultaneous triple-doubles. More importantly, it was the first time in history that two players from the same team logged 30-point triple-doubles in any NBA game.
It was certainly an off night for the Heat from a shooting perspective, as they went at just 37% on 34/92 shooting. Jimmy Butler dropped a team-high 28 points alongside Bam Adebayo’s monster night of 22 and 17 rebounds.
Gabe Vincent and Max Strus struggled to find their range with 3/17 between them, making Strus’ offensive output for the series 5/27. The Heat were outrebounded 58-33 and had 34 points in the paint to 60.
With historical performances like that of Jokic and Murray’s, it’s hard to see the Heat bouncing back in any meaningful way. The Nuggets now have a great chance to take a 3-1 lead back home as they vie for their first NBA title.
Suggested Bet: Same Game Multi
- Leg 1: Nuggets to win
- Leg 2: Under 210.5 points
- Leg 3: J. Murray over 22.5 points
- Leg 4: C. Martin 2+ three-pointers
- Total: $10