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Denver Nuggets vs LA Lakers Game 3 Prediction And Betting Odds

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All the pressure is off the Nuggets in Game 3 as they head into Los Angeles looking to take complete control of their series against the Lakers. Denver has now won 10 straight meetings vs LeBron and co. following Jamal Murray’s heroic buzzer beating winner on Monday. Nikola Jokic posted another monster stat line with 27 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, making key plays for the Nuggets who were down by as many as 20 points in that game. Coming back from double-digit deficits in back-to-back games shows a lot of character, but I’m sure the Nuggets wouldn’t prefer having to do so in Game 3 as well. They’ve covered in 4 of the last 5 visits to Arena, plus in their last 12 road games in the regular season they’re 9-3 SU.

Losing Game 2 in the fashion in which they did must have felt like a gut punch for the Lakers who were so close to finally beating this team. I do think LA has a chance here, they’re actually 1.5 point favorites according to the oddsmakers which is something we haven’t seen often in games against the defending champions. One thing that’ll need to improve if the Lakers want to win here is their bench production. So far through 2 games the Lakers reserves have scored 17 points total, with all 17 coming from one player Taurean Prince. For a team that has set pretty high goals for themselves in this postseason that’s simply not going to cut it. D’Angelo Russell will also have to maintain his level of shooting from Game 2, he exploded for 7 threes on 11 attempts.

LA Lakers Point Spread Prediction

Lakers -1.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

I’m willing to give the Lakers the benefit of the doubt here. They were swept by the Nuggets last year, but that was more down to LeBron running out of fuel towards the end of that series. Role players tend to play better at home, so with a productive bench I think the Lakers pull one back here. LA to cover.

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NBA | Fri 05/31, 12:30 AM

Denver Nuggets vs LA Lakers Game 3 Total Points: Over 214.5

Over 214.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

So far through two games we’ve not come even remotely close to the projected total with the two games averaging 208.5 points. For Thursday’s game we’re seeing a much more realistic projected total at 214.5 points, which is a difference of 13 points compared to the series opener. We should see a more offensive oriented approach by the Lakers here, this team has thrived the most during the regular season when they push the pace. LA wrapped up the regular season by averaging 102.4 possessions per game over their last 15 games, their record during that stretch was 11-4 SU. They’ve cashed on the over 8 times in their last 10 games at Arena, while in their last 12 games vs West teams this bet has yielded profit 8 times. Denver takes a lot of pride in playing defense, but they’re more than capable of exchanging buckets with the Lakers if needed. The last 2 meetings in LA have seen 220 and 238 points, with the two teams averaging 225.2 points per game in their last 10 games head-to-head I think it’s worth backing the over in this one.

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