NBA Finals Same-Game Parlay Picks: Three Bets for Heat vs. Nuggets Game 1

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Now that the Conference Finals are over, bettors can turn their attention to the NBA Finals, starting with Game 1 between the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Along with the betting line for the game, sportsbooks carry hundreds of prop bets giving bettors plenty of options for building NBA Finals same-game parlays.

Here are a few of our favorite NBA Finals Game 1 same-game parlays.

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FanDuel SGP for NBA Finals Game 1: Heat vs. Nuggets

Same-Game Parlays have become popular for obvious reasons. You have a chance to win more money while risking less. Who doesn’t want to do that?

But, if you are not careful, it is easy to fall into a trap with parlays and same-game parlays. As tempting as adding one more leg and watching your potential payout grow can be, taking a cautious approach (fewer legs) is advisable. Yes, you can win more money with additional legs, but the house has the advantage, which you can minimize by going with fewer legs.

Comparing the odds at some of the top sports betting apps is always advisable, but for this game, we are featuring odds from FanDuel:

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic has led the Nuggets to the NBA Finals and factors into one of our same-game parlay picks for Game 1. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire)

NBA Finals: Heat vs. Nuggets Same Game Parlay No. 1

  • Heat +9 -115
  • Caleb Martin, Under 2.5 three-pointers -160
  • Same Game Parlay odds: +230

Caleb Martin has been on fire when shooting from three-point range, with 3+ in five of seven games against the Celtics. But in the conference semis and the first round, he hit 3+ in just one of 11 games. Denver has allowed 11.1 three-pointers per game this season (tied for the fewest in NBA).

Martin played a small role in the Heat’s offense when they played the Nuggets on Feb. 13. Expect a similar performance in this game.

Denver was one of the best home teams in the league this season (34-7) and has yet to lose at home during the postseason. But the Heat have found a way to be competitive in almost every playoff game. Don’t count on them to beat the Nuggets in Denver, but they will not get blown out, either.

A $100 wager will result in a $330 payday, your stake plus $230 in winnings.

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NBA Finals: Heat vs. Nuggets Same Game Parlay No. 2

  • Jimmy Butler, Under 26.5 points +104
  • Nikola Jokic, Over 13.5 rebounds +100
  • Same Game Parlay odds: +272

Jimmy Butler is the unquestioned leader of the Miami Heat and their go-to guy. While he has averaged 28.5 PPG during the postseason, he did not go over 26.5 points in two of his last three games and in neither regular season game against the Nuggets (24 and 17). Denver has been tough on small forwards this season, allowing them to score just 20.24 PPG.

To record 13.5+ rebounds would be an ambitious target for anyone other than Nikola Jokic. He had 14+ in three of four games against the Lakers, in three of six against the Suns, but in just one against the T-Wolves in the first round, which lasted five games. Jokic averaged 11.8 RPG during the regular season.

 A $100 wager will result in a $372 payday, your stake plus $272 in winnings.

NBA Finals: Heat vs. Nuggets Same Game Parlay No. 3

  • Nikola Jokic, Over 10.5 assists +124
  • Jamal Murray, Over 3.5 three-pointers +112
  • Same Game Parlay odds: +341

Jokic averaged almost 10 assists a game during the regular season, has averaged 10.3 during the postseason, and has had 11+ in seven of his last eight games. He’s been in command throughout the playoffs, and it will likely be no different in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Miami was not a bad team when it comes to three-point defense during the regular season (teams shot 36.7%), but they have been one of the better units during the playoffs (teams have shot 32.5%). But that is not going to keep Jamal Murray from taking his shots.

Murray has averaged 7.9 attempts a game during the postseason but averaged 9.3 against the Lakers in the West Finals. He hit 4+ in four of his last five games but went 0-of-4 in Game 4 against the Lakers.

A $100 wager will result in a $441 payday, your stake plus $341 in winnings.

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