The LA Lakers visit the Ball Arena on Tuesday to face the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. In the Western Conference Semi-Finals, the first-ranked Denver Nuggets emerged victorious against the Phoenix Suns, prevailing 100-125 in the last game. The LA Lakers, seeded seventh, were triumphant against the Golden State Warriors. They won the final match 122-101. Get ready for a thrilling face-off. The Denver Nuggets and the LA Lakers tied their regular season series at 2-2, meaning the outcome of this series is anyone’s guess.
Form Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets have achieved an incredible accomplishment by making it to the Western Conference Finals after a fantastic victory in the Semifinals against the Phoenix Suns. The final match ended with a 100-125 victory. Now the team is headed back to the Ball Arena with a 40-7 record at home.
In terms of points added, it’s fair to say the Denver Nuggets have a consistent offense. The home team has put 115.6 points on board in the last five matches, averaging 115.8 points for this season. Defensively, there has been no letup. They boast one of the league’s stingiest defenses, having restricted opponents to 111.8 points per game this season and 107.8 points across their last five matches.
The Denver Nuggets were seen as a serious contender in the Western Conference playoffs and they sure lived up to their hype. After some intense battles, they’ve now punched their ticket to the finals, leaving fans on the edges of their seats.
Jamal Murray and Collin Gillespie are both out injured for the Denver Nuggets.
Nikola Jokic has been one of the standout performers in the postseason. In addition to leading Denver Nuggets in scoring with 30.7 points, he also boasts an impressive average of 12.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists.
Form LA Lakers
The LA Lakers punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals by overcoming the Golden State Warriors. They shut down their opponents 122-101 in their final game. Their road record this season stands at 22-25.
The LA Lakers have been one of the NBA’s top scoring teams this season. Ahead of Tuesday’s match, the away side has an average of 116.5 points per game. The LA Lakers have held opponents to an average of 115.3 points per game at home and 118.9 points when playing on the road.
The LA Lakers have caused an immense level of excitement in the NBA playoffs. By securing a spot in the highly respected Western Conference Finals, they have stunned their doubters and demonstrated that they are able to accomplish remarkable feats.
Mohamed Bamba is the only reported injury concern for the LA Lakers ahead of Tuesday’s game.
LeBron James has been immense for the LA Lakers over the postseason. He leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points per game and is also averaging an impressive ten rebounds and 5.4 assists.
The Denver Nuggets and the LA Lakers split their regular season series 2-2. The first game saw the Denver Nuggets win 110-99. A 121-110 victory for the LA Lakers followed in the second encounter. The third game saw the LA Lakers reign supreme at 126-108. In the most recent matchup, the Denver Nuggets had a 122-109 triumph. With Game 1 of this playoff tie on the horizon, there is a reason for the Denver Nuggets to feel confident. Looking back at their recent record against the LA Lakers at the Ball Arena, they went 6-4.
In the most recent matchup, Nikola Jokic achieved an amazing triple-double, with a team-best of 11 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets ace also put away 14 points and distributed 16 assists. Russell Westbrook gave an excellent show, tallying 25 points with a 47.6% rate of accuracy. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists for the LA Lakers.
In their last ten contests, the Denver Nuggets scored an average of 115.7 points per game, while the LA Lakers conceded an average of 112.7 points.
For the Tuesday odds on the Denver Nuggets and the LA Lakers game, head to Bet365.com.They have a variety of betting options listed on their website.
- Moneyline (ML): LA Lakers (+175) | Denver Nuggets (-210)
- Against the spread (ATS): LA Lakers +5.5 (-110) | Denver Nuggets -5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 222.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the Denver Nuggets to win (1.48) on the moneyline.
The Denver Nuggets enter Tuesday as the overwhelming favorites, with -210 on the money line implying a 68% chance of victory. The hosts are hoping for a third consecutive win, having achieved an impressive 7-3 in their last 10 matches. Despite being seen as the weaker team with odds of +175, the LA Lakers managed to get a victory in their last match. Unfortunately, they have been struggling away from home recently, having lost two consecutive away games.
The Denver Nuggets (-210) have won five of the last five home matches and look like the sound choice against a LA Lakers side, which has slipped to defeat in four of its last five road trips.
Against the Spread
Take the Denver Nuggets -5.5 (1.91) to cover the spread.
The Denver Nuggets are the clear frontrunners in the game, holding a 5.5-point advantage over the LA Lakers. In their last five home matches against the LA Lakers, the Denver Nuggets were victorious in four of them. They had an average margin of victory of 19.5 points.
The Denver Nuggets have covered the spread in their last three games at the Ball Arena. Their home record this season is 30-16-1 ATS. The Denver Nuggets have been a reliable pick when it comes to covering the spread. They have had success in their last two games, going 6-4 ATS in their last ten matches.
Away from home, the LA Lakers have gone two games without covering. Their road record this season is 21-24-1 ATS. The LA Lakers covered seven times in their last ten games, scoring an average of 112.8 points and conceding 107.2 points.
Take Total over 222.5 (1.91).
Games between the Denver Nuggets and LA Lakers tend to be high-scoring affairs. The total averaged 228.4 points in their past ten matchups and 236.6 points in the last five at Ball Arena.
The Denver Nuggets and the LA Lakers accumulated more points than the 222.5 line set in seven of their last ten matches. Betting Over on the Total option this Tuesday brings odds of -110.
The Denver Nuggets have a 43-47 O/U record for the season. Their last two games ended up below the total. The Denver Nuggets had a record of 21-15 O/U when facing teams from the Pacific Division in their most recent matchups. They are 6-4 O/U in their last ten games overall.
The last three LA Lakers games on the road exceeded the total. Their away record is 28-18 O/U. Recently, the visitors have exceeded expectations against the total. Their last five games averaged 218.8 points per game, going over three times.