The NBA Conference Finals are here and they’re not disappointing. If the games continue like the first ones, both series will offer a lot of excitement and some disappointment for bettors.
Nuggets Look Sharp
The Denver Nuggets are toned at Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals after winning Game 1 132-126. The LA Lakers took a beating, but competed hard throughout the duel. Their first half was too irregular, managing to improve a lot in the second 24 minutes of play. They’ll try to take Game 2 to tie things up before heading home for Game 3.
The Nuggets have played 12 playoff games so far, winning nine of them and losing the remaining three. Against the Minnesota Timberwolves, they achieved three wins at home, while against the Phoenix Suns, they added three victories on the road.
The Lakers have played 13 playoff games, winning eight and losing five. Against the Memphis Grizzlies, they picked up one win on the road, while against the Golden State Warriors, they also registered a victory away from home. Now they will look for another victory as the visitors.
Nikola Jokic is still on fire in attack for the Nuggets after getting 34 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists in Game 1 against the Lakers. In Denver’s three games against Phoenix at home, the “Joker” scored 24, 39 and 29 points, respectively.
Anthony Davis scored 40 points in Game 1 against Denver, with 42 minutes on the court. He also had 10 rebounds, putting together a strong performance, despite facing Jokic on defense.
This series is far from over. Denver is the strong favorite to take the Lakers, but still have to face several crucial battles. The Nuggets will win again tonight to give themselves an advantage.
Miami Flying High
The Boston Celtics comes to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tomorrow a bit beaten after losing unexpectedly at the legendary TD Garden 123-116 to the Miami Heat. Now the objective of the squad is to rebound from a tremendous blow and add a victory at home that allows them to recover a little of the lost confidence. Of course, to achieve this goal, the Tatum-Brown duo needs to appear more and repeat what was done in Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Heat, which entered Game 1 as the underdogs, are setting themselves up for a deep run. Now the goal of the roster is to try to make a decent presentation in Game 2 and avoid a disgrace like they witnessed last season.
The Celtics have played 14 playoff games so far, winning eight of them and losing the remaining six. Against the Atlanta Hawks, they won two games at home, while against the Philadelphia 76ers, they picked up another two on their own court.
Miami has played 12 playoff matches so far, winning nine of them and losing the other three. Against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat picked up two victories as a visitor, while they only got one against the New York Knicks. However, it was enough to get them into the conference finals.
Jayson Tatum had an acceptable Game 1 for the Celtics after converting 30 points in total. Of course, he only scored one triple throughout the game; from then on, he had only seven rebounds and lowered his rate in the playoffs.
Jimmy Butler, on the other hand, had a great Game 1 for the Heat. He collected 35 points (two of four 3-pointers and nine of 10 free throws). To this, he added five rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes of play.
The Celtics have been the favorites to win the series, but the performance in Game 1 shows that they have work to do. However, Boston is going to come back to life tonight and take Game 2.