NBA Finals PrizePicks: Plays for Bam Adebayo & Aaron Gordon in Heat vs. Nuggets (June 4)
Via Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images. Pictured: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball against the Denver Nuggets during Game One of the 2023 NBA Finals on June 1, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
- The Nuggets are home favorites when they host the Heat for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night in Denver.
- Bam Adebayo and Aaron Gordon figure to play prominent roles for each the Heat and Nuggets, and we have PrizePicks plays ready for both.
- Find Tyler Schmidt’s PrizePicks and analysis below.
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Here’s how I would approach Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets.
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Bam Adebayo Less Than 3.5 Free Throws Made
Adebayo had a monster Game 1 with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but it took him 25 field goal attempts to do so. He shot zero free throws, which is unbelievable on 25 field goal attempts. As a team, the Heat only shot two free throws the entire game. The Nuggets were only whistled for eight personal fouls due to the Heat's lack of aggressiveness.
In the postseason, Adebayo's free throw attempts and makes are both down from the regular season. He is shooting around 80% from the charity stripe but is only making 3.1 shots at the line per game. Adebayo has hit the under on this projection in four of his last five games, including two games where he did not even attempt a single free throw. Adebayo should fall below this projection yet again in Game 2.
Aaron Gordon Less Than 0.5 3-Pointers Made
Outside of his three made 3-pointers in Game 4 against the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, Gordon hasn't made a 3-pointer in five of his last six games. In Game 1 he only attempted one 3-pointer as he did all of his damage in the paint by scoring 16 points while shooting 7-of-10 from the floor as he took full advantage of his size and strength inside.
Gordon isn't afraid to shoot from distance, but sitting in the dunker spot, his first look is crashing the glass and finishing around the rim. He also does a great job of setting flare screens for the several Nuggets shooters. We may need to sweat one or two 3-point attempts tonight, but fading Gordon as a 3-pointers made has been a smart move recently.