The Denver Nuggets are up to something again, as they cut the Los Angeles Lakers’ series lead in half with a win last Tuesday. Will the Nuggets go back-to-back and tie the series up on Thursday? Or will the Lakers give Denver another 3-1 deficit to try to overcome?
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets NBA Western Finals Game 4 on September 24, 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Thursday, September 24, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers (-6)
Regular Season Record: 52-19
The Lakers can’t have it all. After losing to the Nuggets in Game 3, 114-106, it’s now the Lakers’ turn to regroup and try to come back from a loss. LeBron James top-scored for the Lakers with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in 37 minutes, but he also had six turnovers. High usage always means being more prone to turnovers, but James will still have to be more efficient with the leather. He is averaging 5.0 turnovers per game in the conference finals. As for Davis, the Lakers can’t expect to win with their defense if he comes up again with just two rebounds just like he did in Game 3. He’s better than that and should be busier on the glass on Thursday. Despite the loss, the Lakers shot well from the field, making 51.8 percent of their shots, though, they were only 6-of-26 from behind the arc. It was the first time they made fewer than 10 threes in a game since the second round. Hopefully for the Lakers, their outside shots will start falling again in Game 4.
The Lakers are 2-1 against the spread in their last three games against Denver as the road team.
Betting on the Denver Nuggets (+6)
Regular Season Record: 46-27
In case people have forgotten, the Nuggets reminded everyone that they are a hard team to kill. After losing on a buzzer-beater by Davis in Game 2, the Nuggets dug deep and rebounded on the strength of an unlikely offensive contributor to win Game 3. Jamal Murray paced the Nuggets in Game 3 with 28 points, including some back-breaking shots in the clutch and four 3-pointers. Nikola Jokic had 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Then there’s Jerami Grant, who came out of nowhere to score 26 points. Deployed more by head coach Mike Malone for his defense, Grant played the much-needed third wheel on Denver’s offense. But can the Nuggets expect Grant, who is averaging just 10.8 points per game in the playoffs, to have as brilliant of a night on offense in Game 4? Gary Harris and Paul Millsap are yet to wake up in this series, and the Nuggets need them to step up soon.
The Nuggets are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as the home team.
The Lakers win, 115-110.
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