The Los Angeles Lakers were not playing games in Game 1, as they destroyed the Denver Nuggets to get to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals. Will they go up 2-0 on Sunday? Or will the Nuggets tie things up? Check out the preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Western Finals Game 2 on September 20, 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Denver Nuggets (+8)
Regular Season Record: 46-27
The Nuggets got welcomed in the Western Conference finals by Los Angeles with a beating, as they lost to the Lakers in Game 1 on Saturday, 126-114. Denver couldn’t get much momentum going for it in that game, with the Lakers’ tight defense and the constant fouls called on the Nuggets. Denver got assessed with 26 fouls to just 11 for the Lakers. The Nuggets, Nikola Jokic in particular, struggled in dealing with Los Angeles’ size. He finished with 21 points and six rebounds but was in foul trouble early. Guys like Gary Harris, Jerami Grant, and Paul Millsap will have to take away some of the pressure from Jokic and Jamal Murray by shooting better. Murray finished with 21 points in Game 1, while the other three only had 19 points together. Although they got blown out in Game 1, these Nuggets have taught everyone a lesson on not giving up on them after surviving two 3-1 series holes in the previous rounds.
The Nuggets are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games.
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers (-8)
Regular Season Record: 52-19
Unlike in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Lakers won the first game of their series against the Nuggets. It could mean that LeBron James and the Lakers are now taking things more seriously — not that they weren’t in the first and second rounds, but they seem to play Game 1 with more intention to finish the Nuggets as quickly as possible. Anthony Davis dominated from start to finish, pouring in 37 points to go with 10 rebounds, LeBron James posted 15 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds. Dwight Howard also made a huge impact by coming off the bench and scoring 13 points and blocking two shots. Howard should continue to have a significant role in this series, as he’ll be among those tasked to slow down Jokic and sustain interior presence for the Lakers.
The Lakers are 3-0 against the spread in their last three games as the home team.
The Lakers win, 116-110.
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