Heat +8.5 at Nuggets Game 2
The Nuggets in Game 1 vs the Lakers and Suns were up double digits for a good portion of the game much like Game 1 vs the Heat and then both Game 2s were a lot closer – the Lakers covered Game 2 and were up to start the 4th and the Suns were up 8 late in the 3rd before Chris Paul got hurt and left the game. Jimmy Butler should have a much better game than 13 points and the Heat should get a lot more efficiency than 2-23 from the field from Strus/Duncan Robinson/Caleb Martin. Highsmith gave the Heat something in Game 1 to go back to and he defended Murray well. The Heat will also have a lot more than 2 free throws and be able to set their defense more and switch up defenses here and there to throw a wrinkle at Denver. Nuggets have the upper hand overall but the Heat have ways to keep it closer trying to avoid 0-2.