In the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers and Nuggets will face each other once again, marking their second encounter in the last four seasons. During the 2020 season bubble, the Los Angeles team emerged victorious, winning the series 4-1.
This time, the Nuggets enter the series as favorites, having led the conference throughout the season and dominating their opponents in the NBA Playoffs.
As previously mentioned, the Nuggets are considered the favorites after finishing the regular season as the top team in the Western Conference and winning their first two postseason series with an 8-3 record. Under the guidance of coach Michael Malone, they possess a formidable offense that was the only one to maintain a field goal percentage above 50% during the regular season. Led by Nikola Jokic, the star center who has been averaging a triple-double in these playoffs and has been the recipient of the MVP award in the past two seasons, the Nuggets are relying on their offensive firepower.
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Although the Lakers’ defense is significantly stronger than that of the Timberwolves and Suns, the Nuggets have other proficient scorers such as Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and Aaron Gordon to complement Jokic. The Nuggets are placing their hopes on these players to overcome the formidable Los Angeles team.
While the Nuggets are favored to win the series, there is an intriguing betting line on the Lakers’ spread. Despite Denver having the advantage of playing at home and boasting a more complete team on paper, the Lakers have already eliminated the second-seeded Grizzlies and the reigning champions, the Warriors. Therefore, a closely contested series that could potentially extend to a seventh game cannot be ruled out.
Specifically, this betting line indicates that if Coach Darvin Ham’s team fails to reach the finals, they are likely to force a seventh game in Denver. This possibility seems plausible, considering the exceptional performances by LeBron James and Anthony Davis thus far.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game Information
- Date: 05/16/2023
- Time: 08:30 PM ET
- Location: Ball Arena.
- How to Watch Lakers vs Nuggets: TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Lakers vs Nuggets Betting Lines
Nuggets are –235 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $42.55. On the other side, Lakers are +195 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $195.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Nuggets at a 70.15% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Lakers have 33.90% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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