The Western Conference Final started with a win for the Californian team. In the LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 1, the score was 126-114, mostly thanks to a fantastic performance of Anthony Davis who seemed unstoppable with 37 points. That game also saw a good performance of LeBron James, as well as Caldwell-Pope, Howard, Rondo, and a few other of their teammates.
Over in the Nuggets squad, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic both scored 21 points, but that wasn’t enough to save them from going 1-0 down in the series. What’s giving them hope that they might win the West Conference is that they started the previous two series with defeats as well, but managed to get a 4-3 win both times.
- Date: Sunday, September 20
- Time: 7.30 p.m. (E.T.)
- Venue: AdventHealth Arena in Orlando
LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Odds
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Lakers vs Nuggets Game 2 Preview
Online sportsbooks are giving -250 odds on Lakers to win the Championship, making this team a strong favorite. No surprise there, considering how much talent there is in the roster. Not only that, but these players have also been in fantastic shape lately. Actually, Game 1 of the West Final saw them playing at a much higher level than at the start of the postseason.
Denver Nuggets just don’t seem to have the manpower to do anything against the Lakers. Still, that’s what Clippers thought in the semifinal of the Western Conference. And Utah Jazz in the quarterfinal. Despite being the underdog in those matchups, the team from Denver managed to book a ticket in the Final.
Denver Nuggets finished the regular season in third place in the West, but saying that their performances in the bubble were terrific would be a major overstatement. On the contrary, the team from Colorado had seemed to be going through some sort of crisis around the start of the Playoffs.
They did beat Utah Jazz in the opening game of the series but then lost their next three games. When everyone thought it was over for Denver, they came back from the dead, eventually winning the series 4-3. Something similar happened against the Los Angeles Clippers when Denver was also 3-1 down at one point. But, the Nuggets managed to bounce back. In fact, they became the first NBA team to come back from a 3-1 disadvantage on two occasions in the same postseason.
The Nuggets comeback(s) have to do mostly with the impressive performances of their two crucial players, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. These are the guys to watch out for in the LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 2. They did okay in the first part of the series, but the duo will have to take their game to an even higher level to help the team beat the Lakers.
LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 2 Prediction
The first installment of the LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets series thought us that even though Murray and Jokic are fantastic, the opposition has even better players. Lakers are simply the best team in the NBA at the moment, so anything but another win in the series would be a big surprise.
Our Betting Pick:
- LA Lakers to win