Lakers vs Nuggets Odds, and Picks (Game 1)

By · May 15, 2023
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  • The Lakers took down the Warriors in Game 6, 122-101.
  • Denver defeated the Suns, 125-100, also winning in Game 6.
  • Los Angeles is 2-2 on the season as a whole against the Nuggets.

The Lakers (51-43) and Nuggets (61-32) meet for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles is hoping to bring LeBron James to his 11th NBA Finals, while Denver is aiming to make it for the first time.

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Los Angeles cruised past the Warriors in Game 6, winning the series, and earning a spot in the Western Conference Finals. It’ll be a rematch of the 2020 WCF, when the Lakers took down the Nuggets in just 5 games. They’ll be aiming for a similar performance this series, hoping to return to the Finals once again. The Nuggets were much stronger during the regular season, but this is a much different Lakers team now.

The Nuggets took down the Suns on the road in Game 6, winning by a large margin, and advancing to the Western Conference Finals. They once again find themselves knocking on the door of their first-ever NBA Finals appearance. The Nuggets will need to find a way to overcome a perennially competitive playoff LeBron James in order to advance. The first two games of this series in Denver will be crucial for them.


The Lakers won Game 1 against the Grizzlies in Memphis, and Game 1 against the Warriors in the Bay. That proves their ability to flip the script and win on the road, especially in the first game of a series. I see this series following a similar pattern, with the Lakers and Nuggets likely splitting the first two games in Denver. If that happens, I definitely like Los Angeles’ chances of winning Game 1. I’ll take the Lakers here, 118-112.



Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.