The NBA Finals are underway. At this time, the Denver Nuggets host the Miami Heat for the first game of a best-of-seven series, the Colorado team's first-ever appearance in the class, while the Florida guest has reached a seventh Finals and has reached everyone since 2006 — more than any other team in the best league in the world.
In a season that ended his streak of winning the regular season MVP, Nikola Jokic led Denver — with the best record in the NBA during the regular season — to the Finals through tremendous ability and averages. On the other hand, the Heat, who made the playoffs from eighth place in the East and only after winning the play-in, proved in the previous three stages that they don't need home-field advantage to take a series, opening both the first round, the Eastern Conference semifinals and the regional finals with away wins, making them the second-ranked eighth seed in history to reach the playoff finals.
Will Miami steal home in Game 1 again? Jimmy Butler (Photo: Reuters)
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