Nikola Jokic Doesn’t Think Nuggets Are Favored Over Heat, Wins Fans Over With Response

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic

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Game 1 of the NBA Finals kicks off on Thursday night as the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat play for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Players on both teams have been in talks with the media throughout the week hyping up the matchup. However, Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is winning fans over.

While fielding questions at a press conference, Jokic was asked about his team being favored to win the series against the Heat.

“Joker” quickly shut down any notion of the Nuggets being favored and provided an answer that is winning fans over. Here’s what he had to say, per NBA TV.

This is a great mindset to have entering the NBA Finals. Even though the Nuggets are favored in the betting odds, Nikola Jokic refuses to view the Heat as an underdog.

That’s probably a great choice considering how well Miami has played throughout the playoffs. They’ve already knocked off the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference, so why can’t they upset Denver?

Either way, NBA fans are loving this humble response from Jokic.

Nobody should be sleeping on the Heat.


This might be how the Nugget are viewing the Heat.

Grab the popcorn.

Overall, this should be an entertaining series. We have arguably the best player in the world in Nikola Jokic going up against arguably the best playoff performer in the league in Jimmy Butler.

This should be a fun matchup and we just hope it’s closely contested throughout. Make sure to tune into Game 1 on Thursday night on ABC and/or ESPN+.