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NBA Finals 2023: First look and series keys to the Nuggets-Heat showdown

The top-seeded Denver Nuggets are headed to their first NBA Finals in franchise history and will face the surprising eighth-seeded Miami Heat, who have surged back to the Finals via the play-in tournament.

The Nuggets, behind the leadership of two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, will look to win the franchise's first title, while the Heat, behind the playoff excellence of Jimmy Butler, will look to claim their franchise's fourth title after falling short in the 2020 Finals inside the Orlando bubble.

Denver has plenty of momentum after surging through LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers with a four-game sweep in the Western Conference finals.