9:00 PM ET, December 30, 2013
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
LeBron James might miss another game tonight as the Miami Heat visit the Denver Nuggets.
However, YouWager experts consider that since they’ve already played without him — and with Denver’s recent tailspin — it might not keep the Heat from improving their already outstanding record against Western Conference rivals.
James missed his first game of the NBA season Saturday versus the Portland Trailblazers after injuring his right groin in Friday’s overtime defeat versus the Sacramento Kings.
The 29 year-old warmed up prior to the game but was declared inactive and is considered day-to-day.
The Heat (23-7) have a Chris Bosh 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left for a 108-107 win — Miami’s seventh in eight games – versus Portland. Bosh was 3 of 3 from long distance on the night and finished with a season-high 37 points to go with 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three games — matching his total from the previous 26 games.
Bosh’s 2012-13 season high of 40 points came in a victory versus the Nuggets on Nov. 3, 2012.
The Heat improved to 8-7 all-time without James, who is averaging 32.2 points and 8.8 assists over his last six games against Denver.
The Nuggets (14-15) do not want to lose a seventh straight game for the first time since an eight-game skid from April 1-16, 2003. However they haven’t showed much to believe their slide will end versus Miami after allowing the Memphis Grizzlies to shoot 51.6 percent from the field in a 120-99 road defeat Saturday.
The Nuggets had won 10 in a row at home versus the Heat until a 98-93 loss on Nov. 15, 2012. Nuggets leading scorer Ty Lawson (17.5 ppg) was 0 for 7 with zero points.