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    Heat vs. Nuggets Game 1 picks vs. spread, total, prop: Best bets for the NBA Finals matchup

    SportsLine NBA expert Ameer Tyree has identified his best bets for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
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    Game 1 of the NBA Finals is finally here. The Denver Nuggets are set to host the Miami Heat in the first installment of the championship series on Thursday. The home team's regular-season success has carried over to the postseason, and Miami is looking to pull off a Cinderella story for the ages. Can the underdogs put up a fight and make things interesting early?

    Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver. The Nuggets are -385 on the money line and a 9-point home favorites at Caesars Sportsbook. The Warriors are +300 underdogs, and the over/under is installed at 218.5. 

    SportsLine NBA expert Ameer Tyree has analyzed the Heat vs. Nuggets Game 4 lines and has several plays he loves on the spread, total, and props. One spot where he sees a clear edge for bettors: The spread.

    "The Heat were major underdogs in the third round and Vegas isn't giving them much of a chance ahead of Game 1 on Thursday. Miami's won six of its 10 road games during the 2023 NBA Playoffs but haven't secured a victory in Denver since 2016. The Heat have lost four road games during their latest title run, and three of them were by double digits." Tyree told SportsLine.

    Tyree is also backing a player prop for Game 1. You can find out which player seems likely to hit the over on his assist total below.

    Who wins Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals? And what players assist line is especially enticing? ... Join SportsLine right now to see which side of the Celtics vs. Warriors matchup you should jump on!

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