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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Western Conference Finals (Orlando)
(0-2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets (2-0)
Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers -250 | Nuggets +240
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -6.5 | Nuggets +6.5
NBA Betting Total: 214
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The upstart Denver Nuggets came close to splitting the opening two games but a buzzer-beating shot by Anthony Davis gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 2-0 early edge in the Western Conference Finals. Denver will attempt to get back in the series on Tuesday, September 22nd.
Los Angeles Lakers
The second game of the Western Conference Finals became a match focused on each teams duo superstars. In Game 2, despite the Nuggets stars stepping up, it was Anthony Davis who provided the biggest shot of the series to give the Lakers the 2-0 lead.
With seconds remaining on the clock it appeared Jamal Murray had made the game-winning play when he blocked Danny Green’s shot attempt.
The Lakers still had 2.5 seconds on the clock and a missed defensive rotation by Miles Plumlee gave Anthony Davis just enough time to get up the shot that gave the Lakers the game and their second win in as many outings.
Unlike the first game, this second contest proved the Nuggets can contend with the Lakers as they kept the match close throughout. Murray finished the night with 24 points.
Nikola Jokic figured out a way to contend with Dwight Howard and was much more effective in game two posting a team-high 30 points along with nine assists and six rebounds.
If the Nuggets want to get into the series Jokic and Murray will need to raise their games to yet another level. Michael Porter Jr. offered 15 points and is becoming the clear third option for the Nuggets.
Coach Mike Malone also used creative strategy as he tapped the taller, athletic guard P.J. Dozier to play more minutes which created some issues for the Lakers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 20-7 in LAL last 27 Tue. games.
- Over is 13-5 in LAL last 18 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 7-1-2 in DEN last 10 overall.
- Under is 6-1-2 in DEN last 9 games as an underdog.
- Under is 6-1-2 in DEN last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in Denver.
- Over is 21-8-2 in the last 31 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
The Nuggets doubled the amount of Lakers turnovers from Game 1 (12) to Game 2 (24) and they’ll need to dial up their defensive effort another level if they want to get into this series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets +6.5
While the Nuggets have come back from 1-3 deficits twice in these playoffs going down 0-3 would put them in a hole even this scrappy Denver club would find difficult to get out of.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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