NBA Playoff Predictions: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Playoff Predictions: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers

 

Tonight at 3:30 Eastern, the Denver Nuggets travel to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in what should be a great first round matchup. BetDSI Sportsbook current live lines display the Lakers -210 favorites over Denver at +175 in game one. For series betting LA comes in at -200 while Denver is a +170 dog to win round one.

During the regular season the the Los Angeles Lakers compiled 41 wins to 25 losses going 26 and 7 at home but struggling terribly on the road winning only 15 games and dropping 18. They held a better division record over Memphis so had the tiebreaker and grabbed the third seed.

Five time champion Kobe Bryant is the scoring leader on the Lakers averaging 27.9 points per game, and he has some weapons around him. One being center Andrew Bynum who averages close to 19 points per game with 11 boards and two blocked shots per a game. Pau Gasol is also a play maker at power forward with 17.4 ppg and 10 boards per a game. Ramon Sessions is the leading point guard in LA with 12.7 ppg and 6 assists per game.

The Denver Nuggets went 38 and 28 this season good for the sixth seed going 20 – 13 at home and 18 – 15 on the road. In the last ten games of the regular season they really played good ball going eight and two. They did struggle early in their division going 6-7 and 22 – 26 in the conference but picked it up late in the season.

Denver has a few scorers with point guard Ty Lawson leding with 16.3 ppg and 6 ½ assists per contest. Arron Affalo is not far behind at the shooting guard position with 15.2 ppg, Din Gallinari is third in scoring on the Nuggets with 14.6 ppg and close to 5 boards per game.

NBA Betting Predictions: The Los Angeles Lakers are clear favorites in this series, which goes to say there is great value to be had on the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have some great scorers and can keep up with LA in that department, however the Lakers do not play as well on the road as Denver.

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