The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets play Game 2 of this series this Thursday. Check out our preview of this Lakers vs Nuggets matchup in the 2022-23 NBA Playoffs. There are more basketball previews to read here at TopBet, so feel free to look around and make bets once you’re ready.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals Game 2 on May 18, 2023
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
When: Tuesday, May 18, 2023, 8:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers (+5.5)
Regular Season Record: 43-39
The Lakers fell short of completing a comeback in Game 1, as they fell prey to the Nuggets, 132-126. Nevertheless, the Lakers must be liking what they’ve seen from Anthony Davis, who went off for a game-high 40 points on 14/23 shooting in the series opener. Over their last 10 games, the Lakers have averaged 114.3 points, 45.1 rebounds, 26.1 assists, 6.8 steals, and 6.3 blocks, while knocking down 47.8 percent of their attempts from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.3 points over that same stretch. The Nuggets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after surrendering more than 125 points in the prior contest.
Betting on the Denver Nuggets (-5.5)
Regular Season Record: 53-29
The Nuggets did not waste time flexing their muscle in this series, as they leaned on the pair of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to carry them to a victory. Jokic racked up 34 points, 21 rebounds, and 14 dimes in Game 1, while Murray added 31 points with four 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Over their last 10 games, the Nuggets have averaged 117.5 points, 44.5 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 7.6 steals, and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor. Their opponents have put up 110.6 points per game in that same span. The Lakers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus a team that allowed at least 100 points in their previous game.
The Nuggets win, 117-112.
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