NBA Finals 2023: Schedule, how to watch, scores, more

Tim Legler breaks down Nuggets' final possession (0:51)

Tim Legler questions why Michael Malone didn't call timeout to set up a play for Jamal Murray on the final possession. (0:51)

The 2023 NBA Finals are underway.

The Miami Heat closed out a nail-biting Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics with a Game 7 win and face the Denver Nuggets in the championship.

The eighth-seeded Heat are just the second No. 8 seed in NBA history to appear in the Finals. The Denver Nuggets, who are appearing in the Finals for the first time, completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers and will have home-court advantage against the Heat.

All four rounds of the NBA playoffs are a best-of-seven format, as has been the case since 2003. The NBA does not reseed after each round, so the bracket is set at the start of the tournament.

The top six teams in each conference automatically qualified for the playoffs, while the teams that finished the regular season in seventh through 10th places advanced to the NBA's play-in tournament to determine the final two playoff teams in each conference.

The NBA Finals will resume June 7 in Miami, with Game 7 -- should the series go that long -- scheduled for June 18. All NBA Finals games will be available on ABC and the ESPN App.

Note: Series odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook and the ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI).

RECAPS: Conf. finals | Conf. semis | First round | Play-in


Denver Nuggets (1) tied with Miami Heat (8) 1-1

ESPN BPI odds: Denver 80% | Miami 20%
Caesars odds: Denver -270 | Miami +220

Game 1: Nuggets 104, Heat 93
Game 2: Heat 111, Nuggets 108
Game 3: Wednesday at Miami, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 4: Friday at Miami, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 5: Monday, June 12 at Denver, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 6*: Thursday, June 15 at Miami, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 7*: Sunday, June 18 at Denver, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
*If necessary

Game 2: Heat 111, Nuggets 108


  • Points: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets -- 41 points

  • Rebounds: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets -- 11 rebounds

  • Assists: Jamal Murray, Nuggets -- 9 assists

Game 2 box score | Game 2 highlights

Heat take over in fourth quarter to steal Game 2 in Denver

The Heat storm back from a 15-point deficit and finish strong in the fourth quarter to win Game 2 and even the series against the Nuggets.

Tweet of the night

How Jimmy Butler and the Heat figured things out

From weathering gut-wrenching losses to playing without injured starters to matching up with opposing superstars, this is what Miami has done all postseason, writes Ramona Shelburne.

Game 2 provides the Heat with the NBA's biggest luxury: options

With a victory Sunday night in Denver, the Heat now have more than home-court advantage. They have an opportunity to bring Tyler Herro back when they want, writes Brian Windhorst.

Game 1: Nuggets 104, Heat 93


  • Points: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets -- 27 points

  • Rebounds: Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets/Bam Adebayo, Heat -- 13 rebounds

  • Assists: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets -- 13 assists

Game 1 box score | Game 1 highlights

Jokic, Murray combine for 53 points as Nuggets take Game 1

Nikola Jokic's triple-double and Jamal Murray's 26 points overwhelm the Heat as the Nuggets take Game 1 104-93.

Tweet of the night

Nikola Jokic was in total control of Game 1

The two-time MVP took only three shots in the first half, but was still dominant, helping the Nuggets get whatever they wanted against the Heat, writes Ramona Shelburne.

The yearslong trend the Heat will have to break to beat the Nuggets

Bam Adebayo has been at his All-Star and All-Defensive best against the Nuggets over his career. It has almost never been enough, writes Brian Windhorst.

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The schemes, predictions and latest intel that will define the Finals

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