Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets: Preview & Picks 5/20/2023

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets: Preview & Picks 5/20/2023

May 19, 2023



Game Preview


The third game of the Western Conference Finals takes place tomorrow as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Denver Nuggets for the first time in the series. Being down 2 games but playing at home may prove to be a recipe for success for the Lakers as they’re heavily favored by oddsmakers to take their first win tonight.


With LeBron James at the helm of the Los Angeles team and Jokic holding an impressive 30.4 average points per game these playoffs, the game promises to be an explosive display of firepower among the two western powerhouses. And well, powerhouse may be a big title for a Lakers side that finished 7th in the Western Conference but given they managed to put down the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors, some experts have a renewed faith in the Lakers for this game.


Let’s check the latest picks, NBA news, stats and NBA expert picks for Lakers vs Nuggets. We’ve plenty of NBA predictions for you to consider.


The Los Angeles Lakers are 10th in points during the playoffs while the Denver Nuggets continue their trend from the regular season and currently sit 2nd just below the now eliminated Milwaukee Bucks. While the Nuggets did dominate the Western Conference, it’s highly unlikely they’ll just straight up sweep the Lakers, much less while playing away. However, there’s an argument being made for their current form. Considering the Nuggets are on a 4-game winning streak and have convincingly handled the Lakers twice now, there is a potential upset in the making.


Overall, the Nuggets have the upper hand in the head-to-head with a 3-2 record in the last 5 games, and they’re not missing any key players tonight. The Lakers have listed Mohamed Bamba as doubtful and more importantly, the one and only LeBron James. If James were to not be available tonight, odds would likely shift in a second as the stats support the Nuggets heavily based on the past two games.


Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game Information


  • Date: 05/20/2023
  • Time: 08:30 PM ET
  • Location: Crypto.com Arena.
  • How to Watch Lakers vs Nuggets: TNT
  • Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


Lakers vs Nuggets Betting Lines


Lakers are -225 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $44.44. On the other side, Nuggets are +185 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $185.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Lakers at a 69.23% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Nuggets have 35.09% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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