With the first two games of the NBA Finals officially in the books, things are all tied up at one game apiece between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets, with the series shifting to the Kayesa Center for Game 3 and Game 4.
Although the Nuggets dominated Game 1 and got the first win of the series on their home floor of Ball Arena in the Mile High City, Jimmy Butler and company were able to bounce back with a vengeance in Game 2 to even the series before heading to Miami.
On Wednesday night, the Finals will resume in Miami, with the Heat having a golden opportunity in Game 3 to take the series lead while continuing to put pressure on Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets ahead of Game 4.
If Miami comes out on top in Game 3, Nick Wright of Fox Sports believes it will be a foregone conclusion that the Heat will win the series via First Things First.
"If the Heat win Game 3, they're going to win the title."
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) June 6, 2023
This may be a bold prediction by Wright, which he gets paid to make daily for Fox Sports, but he might be right, as it would show that Miami is a real threat in this series and potentially the better team of the two.
However, the Nuggets haven’t struggled against any team they’ve faced in the NBA playoffs outside of the Phoenix Suns, who won two games against Denver.
The Heat pose different problems for the Western Conference heavyweights, with their zone defense potentially being the biggest problem of them all, which is also what got the best of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
That said, Miami may have found a way to contain Jokic and his teammates moving forward.NEXT: Heat Star Is Leading The Playoffs In A Pivotal Way