The Best of the Day preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for the Denver Nuggets’ huge match-up with the Miami Heat. 

NBA Tips – Denver Nuggets V Miami Heat

13:00 (AEDT) @ Pepsi Center, Denver

History: Played 64: Heat 33 V Nuggets 31

Last meeting: February 11, 2019: Nuggets 103 d Heat 87 at Pepsi Center

Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview runs the rule over a clash between two of the NBA’s form teams, the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat.

The Nuggets – regarded as a genuine threat in the West – have made a solid 4-2 start. They recovered from back-to-back losses to the Mavericks and Pelicans with a 91-87 away defeat of the Magic on the weekend.

Star center Nikola Jokic has been down on form somewhat. But he exploded in the second half in Orlando to play a key role in the win and has two triple-doubles already this season. Jamal Murray is developing into the leader the Nuggets need him to be.

Miami have made a stunning 5-1 start and have won their last three. The relatively unfancied Heat already had an away upset of the Bucks to their credit, while they put an exclamation point on their unexpected surge with a 129-100 home win over the Rockets two days ago.

Big-name recruit Jimmy Butler has been at the heart of the Heat’s rise. He is averaging 14.7 points, 7 rebounds and 7.3 assists, while his leadership has been top-shelf. The unheralded likes of Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are also flourishing off the bench.

The Nuggets have won four of their last five against the Heat. Last season they prevailed 103-99 in Miami and 103-87 at home.

Nikola Jokic had a combined 52 points, 23 rebounds and 14 assists across the two games.

Denver are also a tough beat at home (40-8 since the start of last season). But the Miami Heat have looked good on the road so far, while their fourth-ranked defence makes them an enticing Best of the Day underdog proposition.

Tip: Line / Total Double – Heat +8.5 / Under 212.5 @ $2.70