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Heat Look to Hit Denver

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On Feb. 29, the 2023-24 NBA season will begin. NBA season unfolds with a highly anticipated showdown between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

This matchup carries significant weight, as it marks the first meeting between Miami and Denver since their intense battle in the 2023 NBA Finals.

The Heat Want to Find the Top of the East

The Heat enter the game fueled by a desire for revenge and a determination to capitalize on their recent impressive performances. Currently, the Heat are on the rise, boasting an impressive record of just two losses in their last 11 games.

The team is on a five-game winning streak, the latest being a resilient 106-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

Overcoming a 15-point deficit at the Moda Center in Portland, the Heat showed resiliency, especially considering it was the second night of a back-to-back series following a remarkable 121-110 win over the Sacramento Kings.

In their recent matchup, the Heat showcased their defensive prowess by limiting the Trail Blazers to 40.7% shooting from the field. At the same time, Miami showed efficiency on offense, hitting 52.9% of its shots from the field, including an outstanding 14-of-26 from beyond the arc.

Jimmy Butler led the charge with 22 points and nine assists, complemented by Terry Rozier's 19 points and four assists.

As the Heat prepare to face the Nuggets, they find themselves tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Importantly, Miami's defense has been a prominent feature in recent weeks, allowing just 105.1 points per 100 possessions in its last 11 games.

The Heat look to carry this defensive tenacity into their matchup with the Nuggets, looking to extend their winning streak and further solidify their position in the Eastern Conference standings.

Nuggets Seek 40th Victory

The Nuggets embark on a relentless schedule, with Wednesday games excluded from this preview as they host the Kings, looking for their fourth straight win.

In their three recent outings, the reigning NBA champions displayed their dominance by defeating the Washington Wizards 130-110, the Trail Blazers 127-112 and the Golden State Warriors 119-103.

A memorable performance unfolded last Sunday as the Nuggets overcame a 16-point deficit at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The Warriors succumbed to 17 turnovers, and Denver displayed a solid 29/10 assists-to-loss ratio.

Nikola Jokic orchestrated a masterpiece with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 16 assists and four steals, while Jamal Murray chipped in with 27 points and four rebounds.

As of Wednesday morning, the Nuggets were in third place in the West, trailing the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder by a narrow margin.

Denver ranked as a formidable force in the NBA, ranking 10th in both adjusted offensive efficiency (118.2 points per 100 possessions) and adjusted defensive efficiency (114.3).

The upcoming matchup against Miami has added significance given Denver's dominance over Miami in the 2023 NBA Finals.

However, the Heat, buoyed by recent outstanding form, are determined to seek redemption. Miami's defensive prowess, currently at its peak, poses a challenge for the Nuggets.

Despite the possible absence of Tyler Herro (knee), Terry Rozier's return from injury provides a substantial boost for the Heat on both ends of the court.

The Nuggets, dealing with fatigue from a back-to-back game, could find themselves in a close battle against a resilient Miami team.

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