Over the next few rounds of games, it is going to be interesting to see how the bookies change the odds for the teams heading into the NBA playoffs. The teams that were the favorites prior to the return to play are more than likely still going to be the favorites, but if what we have seen to this point is anything to go by, it seems clear that no team is going to waltz through the postseason to become the champion. Let’s find out how these teams arrive into this affair so you can set down your bets against their NBA odds.
Denver Nuggets Vs LA Lakers Odds & Pick – NBA Betting
Prior to the start of the bubble games, a lot of people suggested that a dark horse team might be able to take advantage of this strange situation and make a run at a title. The reality is that very few teams have settled in and played their best in Orlando, so the belief that some team other than the clear favorites might rise up is still very much in play. Monday night will see one of those favorites, the LA Lakers, return to the hardwood in hopes of righting the ship. This is a tough one, though, as the Nuggets are one of the better teams in the West. LA is favored by 4 ½, with the point total set at 221.
Why bet on the Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets came into the bubble sitting at 3rd in the Western Conference standings, which is where they remain after 5 games back. Denver had a bit of a rough return to play, losing 125-105 to the Miami Heat in their first game back, but they have settled in nicely since then, winning 3 of their last 4, including a 134-132 win over the Utah Jazz in their last game, one which they started as a slight underdog. The Nuggets still have a shot at moving up in the West, as they are just a game back of the Clippers in second. That said, they are still only a game and a half up on the Rockets in 4th, but they could all but clinch a top 3 spot with a win here. Denver is 6-3 SU in their last 9 games versus teams from the Pacific Division.
Why bet on the LA Lakers
The LA Lakers are going to end the regular season as the #1 team in the Western Conference, but if they cannot get a couple of wins in their final few games, there is going to be some legitimate concern among their fans. The Lakers are coming into this one on a 3-game losing skid, but the rot runs a little deeper than that, at least from a betting standpoint. They have just 1 win in their last 5 games, but they are also just 1-6 ATS in their last 7. This one is considered a home game for the Lakers, who are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 at home versus the Nuggets. In 8 of their last 10 games against Western Conference foes, the Lakers have seen the total go UNDER.
- When: Monday, August 10 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Wide World of Sports, Orlando
- Nuggets vs Lakers Live: TNT
- Money Lines: Nuggets +170 / Lakers -210
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
There is always the possibility that these two teams might meet in the playoffs, so this is a real opportunity for Denver to plant the seeds of doubt in the heads of the Lakers. I think they do just that with the win here.
Pick: Denver Nuggets 111 LA Lakers 107