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Nikola Jokic Game 5 Player Props
Nikola Jokic has a chance to cement his legacy as one of the best big men to ever play the game with a win against the Heat tonight. The Nuggets are back home in Game 5 and can close the Finals out in this game after looking dominant in the two games in Miami. If Jokic has a big game, then he will be named the NBA Finals MVP a year after coming off back-to-back regular season MVP awards. Ahead of arguably the biggest game of his career, let’s check out some best bets for Jokic player props and make some game predictions.
Nikola Jokic Over 28.5 Points
Nikola Jokic has done nothing, but dominate the Miami Heat on offense in this series. His height and offensive skillset have been too much and it’s been great to watch. He has scored 27, 41, 32, and 23 points. Game 4 was his lowest scoring output because he got in foul trouble, so he would’ve scored more if that didn’t happen. Jokic also averages 30 points per game in these playoffs and averages that against the Heat for his career, so it’s not a stretch to see him score around that once again in a potential series clinching win. Nikola Jokic is also going to want to show out in this game at Denver because it’s back home and it’s the best chance for not just him, but the entire Denver Nuggets franchise to win their first NBA championship. Look for more Jokic dominance to close out the Heat.
Nikola Jokic Over 12.5 Rebounds
Nikola Jokic has also dominated down low for the Nuggets. Denver is easily one of the best rebounding teams in the entire NBA with the amount of size that they possess from Aaron Gordon to Michael Porter Jr., and especially Nikola Jokic too. In this series, Jokic has been a man amongst boys because of the lack of interior presence that Miami has. The Heat have tried practically everything to even up the odds down low against Jokic and not much has worked. They’ve thrown Cody Zeller, Kevin Love, and Bam Adebayo at him and not much has changed regardless of who’s been guarding him. Zeller and Love don’t have the skillset to guard him and Adebayo doesn’t have the size. Jokic has averaged 11 rebounds against the Heat for his career and then also averages 13 rebounds during this postseason run. He’s been a dominant force down low and there’s no reason to think that Miami will somehow stop his rebounding after letting him grab 10, 11, 21, and 12 rebounds in the first four games.
Nikola Jokic Over 0.5 Blocks
This might come off as an iffy prop bet to make, but the Nuggets have strengthened their defense recently and Jokic is one the biggest keys to that because he’s the big man down low. In the first four games, Jokic has had 1 block, 0 blocks, 2 blocks, and 3 blocks in each game. This is a sign that Jokic has stepped up more on defense after being mocked for his defense most of the year. Jokic also averages 1 block per game for the postseason, so it makes sense that he could at least hit his average in the playoffs for blocks. The stage for the game is also massive because it’s a home close out game in the playoffs. With the added expectations, expect Jokic to answer the call and have a great all-around game and that includes making a big impact on defense and as a rim protector down low.