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5 Reasons Why the Nuggets Could Win the 2020 NBA Finals

| June 17, 2020 9:40 am PDT
5 Reasons Why the Nuggets Could Win the 2020 NBA Finals

The race for the 2020 NBA Finals begins (again) on July 31st, when the NBA resumes play. It’s uncharted territory in every sense, as the season is shortened, and 22 teams will vie for a championship in Orlando.

Due to the unique circumstances, it’s arguable several teams that would otherwise not have a shot at a title may now have a chance. I recently broke down every team’s case to win the 2020 NBA Finals, but things are finally real for the first time in a while.

With that, let’s take a look at one viable title threat in the Denver Nuggets and detail precisely why betting on them may not be a bad idea.

Nikola Jokic Trimmed Down

Nikola Jokic is Denver’s best player and does so much for the team, so it has to be encouraging that he’s reportedly in fantastic shape.

Constantly knocked for showing up to seasons out of shape, Jokic has apparently used his time away from basketball wisely during the league suspension.

If this ends up being more than hyperbole and Jokic is in the best shape we’ve seen in some time, Denver could be unstoppable down low.

The Joker Can Dominate

That first point is a pretty big deal, seeing as Jokic is a handful even when he’s not in elite physical condition.

Never a freak athlete or a hulking brute, Jokic getting bigger, stronger, and/or more explosive could be an issue for opposing teams.

Why? Because he’s already been wrecking them.

Jokic was averaging a career-high 20.2 points per game before the league took its break, while he was also shooting 52.8% from the floor, bringing in 10.2 rebounds per game, and dropping 6.9 assists per contest.

The guy impacts the game in so many ways, as he can be a footwork maestro inside the paint, he has eyes in the back of his head as a playmaker, and he can even space the floor as a shooter.

Jokic isn’t always dominant, but he has the ability to do everything at a high level. If he comes into the NBA restart dialed in, Denver could have a true superstar on their hands.

Jamal Murray Is on the Rise

The Nuggets start and end with Jokic, but he has a rising running mate in star point guard Jamal Murray.

The 23-year-old isn’t the best traditional point guard, but he’s proven to be an explosive scorer (18.8 points per game) that can attack the rim or make defenses pay (34.5%) from long range.

Murray has saved some of his biggest nights for huge moments. Just this year, he had a 33-point and 10-dime game against the vaunted Lakers, while he elevated his game last season during the playoffs.

Never backing down from a challenge, Murray was cold-blooded during the WCS against Portland last year, scoring 23+ points four different times in the series.

If Murray can keep improving and help shoulder the scoring load, Denver may have the offense balance and star power it needs to take things to the next level.

Denver Is Battle Tested

Denver has a solid offense (11th in efficiency) and a more than capable defense (12th). Consistency has been an issue for them in the past, while winning games on the road has never really been this team’s strength, either.

Both things could be problematic with a weird end to the year, especially with all of the games being on the road in Orlando.

That said, Denver has proven they can hang with just about anyone this year. The Nuggets dominated the Northwest Division, going 10-1 in a solid division that also includes the Jazz and Thunder (two playoff teams).

In addition, the Nuggets went a solid 43-22 during the regular season and 26-13 inside the Western Conference. In key matchups with other title favorites, they held their own, going 1-2 against the Lakers (one loss came in OT), 1-1 versus the Clippers, 2-2 against the Rockets, and even sweeping the Bucks (2-0).

Summary

Denver is a very interesting team to consider when betting on the 2020 NBA Finals. They have two quality stars in Jokic and Murray, while the former being in great shape bodes well for their chances.

Let’s also not forget that Denver was one game from reaching the Western Conference Finals a year ago. Thanks to a solid defense and a capable offense, the Nuggets could parlay a unique playoff setting into a deep playoff run.

And if they somehow make it to the Finals and face Milwaukee, they’d feel pretty confident after sweeping them during the regular season.

Whether you bet on the Nuggets or not, check out our top NBA betting sites to ensure you have the best odds and wager at safe sportsbooks.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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