The Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will play each other in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. This is the first time we have this information.
The Nuggets are the favorites to win the title according to most betting odds.
However, Skip Bayless is still optimistic about the underdogs.
Over the Nuggets, I’m picking the Heat in six. Why? Because, according to Bayless on Tuesday morning’s Undisputed, the Heat will prove to be more resilient than the Nuggets both emotionally and physically.
.@RealSkipBayless is continuing to ride the Heat train in the NBA Finals:
“I’m going Heat in 6 because they will prove to be mentally and physically tougher than the Nuggets.” pic.twitter.com/WmaiO62sVG
UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 30, 2023
There is no question that the Heat have a chance to win the Finals, but according to popular opinion, they are not the favorites.
Of course, common sense also claimed that they would never advance this far.
Throughout these playoffs, the Heat have often surprised and outperformed expectations.
After the New York Knicks in 1999, they are just the second eighth seed to make it to the Finals.
Miami endured a regular season that was incredibly disappointing, only to resurrect itself in the postseason.
They now have a lot more mental toughness as a result, claims Bayless.
Additionally, they have more Finals and postseason experience.
One of the top championship coaches in the NBA right now, head coach Erik Spoelstra has done this numerous times.
Maybe that will be enough to beat Mike Malone and his squad, which includes Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, and others.
The Nuggets should be prepared to play hard even though the betting market and NBA fans may have different viewpoints.
They don’t want to be the next recent club to be taken aback by how strong the Heat can be.