After making easy work of the competition in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets head to the NBA Finals as a clear favorite to come out on top against the scrappy and resilient Miami Heat.
Nikola Jokic and company proved time and time again throughout these NBA playoffs that they are the best team and on the verge of winning an NBA title for the first time in the franchise’s history.
Everything has come together at the right time for Denver, which means they’ll give the Heat everything they can handle in this seven-game series, which gets underway on Thursday in the Mile High City.
Although the consensus right now is that the Nuggets are the favorite, Jokic doesn’t like that notion, as he believes there are no favorites in the Finals via ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.
“I think we’re not the favorites. In the Finals there are no favorites. This is going to be the hardest games of our lives,” Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said. pic.twitter.com/hXA7JZQI8e
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 31, 2023
It’s an interesting stance from the two-time NBA MVP, and ultimately he might be right, as anything can happen when everything is on the line during the Finals.
One thing Jokic is likely taking into account is the fact that the Heat have been the underdogs throughout the entire postseason thus far and have overcome that label every step of the way, which obviously makes them a very dangerous team coming into the Finals.
When it comes to the Heat, Jimmy Butler and company likely don’t care whether they are the favorites, as it hasn’t mattered to this point in the postseason, so why would it matter now with only four more wins to go?NEXT: Shannon Sharpe Reacts To Nuggets' Odds Of Winning The Finals