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2023 NBA Handicapping – Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
(3-0) Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-3)
Date: Monday, May 22nd
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
Moneyline NBA Odds: Nuggets +130 | Lakers -150 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -3
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 224.5
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The Western Conference Finals between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers continues with Game 4 at Crypto.com Arena.
Jamal Murray produced a 30-point first half and Nikola Jokic who was saddled with foul trouble early took over in the final frame to lead the Nuggets to a 119-108 victory taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.
At this time, the Nuggets are 52-43-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 22-25 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Lakers are 50-46-2 against the spread this season. Also, they are 27-21-1 ATS as the home team
The teams split the season series 2-2 but notably, Denver hasn’t faced the revamped LA roster given they completed the season series before the trade deadline.
In the four meetings, Nikola Jokic averaged 23.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 9.75 assists, and 2.25 steals in just over 35 minutes per game. Anthony Davis sat one game averaging 18.3 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.6 steals in just over 30 minutes (exiting early in one game).
This is the eighth time the clubs are facing each other in the postseason with LA winning all prior series and the most recent meeting being in the 2020 Orlando bubble when the Lakers won 4-1 and advanced to win the title.
While the two superstars have taken turns dominating the initial three games the overwhelming difference between Denver and LA is the Nuggets’ complimentary players who’ve stood out.
Each player knows their role and whether it’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter Jr., or Bruce Brown each has stepped up to offer scoring and/or defensive impact contributing to their wins.
On the positive side, Denver possesses one of the two best offenses in the league highlighted by scoring 115.8 points per game ranking 12th. Denver is shooting the best field goal percentage of 50.4% as well as the fourth-best perimeter efficiency of 37.9%.
Denver allows opponents to score 112.5 points per game which ranks eighth while limiting foes to 47.8% from the field and 34.4% from deep ranking 20th and third respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Collin Gillespie PG (OUT—leg fracture)
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James is saying all the right things noting they can only focus on one game at a time and if anyone is capable of spearheading a comeback to win four straight it’s him.
However, the problem is unless his 14 teammates are locked into the same headspace it’s an uphill climb no other team has ever accomplished. Consider the fact LA would have to win twice at Ball Arena in altitude — a venue where no one has won a game this entire postseason.
LeBron and Anthony Davis are averaging 41 and 41.6 minutes respectively in this series and were both looking fatigued in segments of Game 3.
On the negative side, LA allows opponents to score an average of 116.6 points per game ranking 20th. Their opponents shoot 46.9% from the field and 34.4% from behind the arc ranking 10th and second respectively.
Another key point is the Lakers score 117.2 points per game which rank sixth-best while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from the perimeter ranking 10th and 25th respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Mo Bamba, C (upgraded to probable—ankle)
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Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Trends:
- At this point, the Nuggets are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
- Also, the Nuggets are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against LA Lakers.
- By comparison, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
- In conclusion, the Lakers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
While no team has ever come back from being down 0-3, similarly the Nuggets have never swept a playoff series in their history.
The big question looming is whether the Lakers will be committed to having to dig deep knowing the task in front of them. This can’t just be LeBron and AD having huge games — LA will need everyone on board to make history.
Moreover, the minutes LeBron and AD are logging are showing especially in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets are a club that can fall behind by double-digits and make it up in a flash.
Another question is whether the officials will blatantly ignore the Lakers fouling the Nuggets while dishing out ticky-tack calls (at least two of Jokic’s fouls were phantom calls).
Originally, I leaned into LeBron not going down in a sweep but the more I thought about it the fact the Heat can also sweep I think it offers Jokic the motivation to finish this series Monday so they get at least one extra day of rest over Miami.
With that, I’m picking Jokic and Co. to earn the sweep and their first trip to the NBA Finals in Nuggets history.
4* Free Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets +3
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