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LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5 Prediction And Betting Odds

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LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

It felt like an eternity for Lakers fans to finally get a win over the Denver Nuggets and they were able to do so in Game 4, giving themselves another lifeline in their 1st Round series. A total of 499 days passed in between the last two Lakers’ wins in this match-up, so is it realistic for Laker fans to expect anything out of tonight’s game? If anything were to happen, they would once again need to get 25 points and 23 rebounds from Anthony Davis who dominated on both ends in Game 4. LeBron James had another signature performance with 30 points, but the main thing was D’Angelo Russell stepping up with 21, including 4 threes. The bench was once again a no-show, that cannot happen in Monday’s game at Ball Arena. LA heads into this one as a 7.5 point underdog.

The defending champions won’t dwell too much over that loss on Saturday. They have this series still under control and with their 2nd match point they’re in the driver’s seat on Monday. Nikola Jokic wasted a 33 point, 14 rebounds and 14 assist triple-double in Game 4, as all 5 Nuggets starters played 39+ minutes in the loss. Only 5 points were scored off the bench in that game, as good as Denver’s starting unit is, I’m afraid that number will have to go up if they want to dispose of the Lakers here. Going into Monday’s game Denver has a 7-game home win streak still active in head-to-head meetings, plus they’ve won 6 straight at Ball Arena overall dating back to the regular season.

LA Lakers Point Spread Prediction

Lakers +7.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Minnesota became the first team to advance to the 2nd round last night, I think the Nuggets take advantage of their 2nd match ball and join them with a win on Monday night. It won’t be a blowout win though, the Lakers have held their ground in all 4 meetings so far. I’m taking LA to cover here.

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DAL

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MIN

NBA | Thu 05/23, 12:30 AM
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IND

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BOS

NBA | Fri 05/24, 12:00 AM

LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5 Total Points: Under 216.5

Under 216.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Upping the tempo did wonders for the Lakers on their home court, as they shot their highest field goal percentage of the series so far at 52%. Although they knocked down just 8 threes, they were still able to go basket for basket with the Nuggets and finish with 119 points which cashed the over with ease. However, things will be different as the series moves back to Denver. The Nuggets had the 7th best defense during the regular season when playing at Ball Arena, allowing just 110.8 points per 100 possessions. They held the Lakers to just 102 points per game in the first 2 meetings of this series there, I’d be surprised if LA was able to replicate Saturday’s performance here. Especially with their low scoring bench. Aside from Taurean Prince the Lakers haven’t gotten anything out of their reserves, it’s hard to beat any team in the NBA without contributions from everyone, especially the defending champions. Everything is pointing to a lower scoring game here, so let’s go with the under.

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DAL

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NBA | Thu 05/23, 12:30 AM
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