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LA Lakers VS Denver Nuggets Game 2 Prediction And Betting Odds

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There is no shame in going 1-0 down against the defending champions, but if you’re a Lakers fan you have to be worried by how your team has played the Nuggets lately. Saturday’s loss was the 9th in a row for the Lakers in head-to-head meetings, it’s been almost 500 days since they recorded a win against Nikola Jokic’s team. Adjustments will surely be made ahead of Game 2 by head coach Darvin Ham, D’Angelo Russell really disappointed in the series opener going just 6-for-20 from the field. As a team the Lakers shot a mere 27% from three-point land, with that type of inefficiency it’s hard to stay competitive vs Denver. Once again the Lakers are 7.5 point underdogs, just like they were in Game 1.

Despite trailing by 3 points and winning by just 9 in the end, the Nuggets never really looked in danger of losing on Saturday. Nikola Jokic looks like an unsolvable enigma, he dominated with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. All 5 Nuggets starters scored in double-figures, aside from Boston I think Denver has the best starting 5 in the entire NBA. They’ve now won 5 straight at home, while in their last 6 overall they’re 5-1 ATS/SU. In head-to-head meetings vs LA at home they’re 6-0 in the last 6 meetings, the odds are stacked in their favor ahead of Monday’s game. If they can limit the Lakers’ shooting from downtown like they did in the opener, I can definitely see the Nuggets going up 2-0 here.

LA Lakers Point Spread Prediction

Lakers +7.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

As time goes on the Nuggets will only get better as a team in this series, so this is a massive game for the Lakers. They simply cannot afford to go down 2-0, winning 4 of the next 5 would be a mission impossible in that scenario. I think Game 2 will be a lot closer, so let’s back the Lakers to cover.

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NBA | Fri 05/31, 12:30 AM

LA Lakers VS Denver Nuggets Game 2 Total Points: Over 223.5

Over 223.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

A poor shooting night from the Lakers cost everyone who backed the over in Game 1, but that shouldn’t discourage people from going with that bet again in Monday’s game. This Lakers team is too good offensively to struggle in consecutive games like that, so I’m expecting a different approach for Game 2. LeBron James should take it upon himself to get his teammates going, just like he did in that Pelicans play-in game where he finished with 17 assists. The Nuggets dominated the glass in Saturday’s win, as a result they were able to put up 102 shots, converting on 46% of them. The biggest strength of this team is their ability to play well no matter what the style is. If the Lakers come out playing a fast pace here, they will know how to respond. An average of 228.6 points per game has been scored in the last 10 meetings, that would easily land us over tonight’s projected total. In a game where we have the 4th and 10th most efficient offenses over the past 10 games, I think backing the points is the best approach.

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