Anthony Davis made a triple at the buzzer and lifted the Lakers to a Game 2 victory, giving them the 2-0 lead in the series. They are now facing once again the Nuggets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Denver is desperate to bounce back and avoid a potentially series-ending 3-0 lead by LA, who is red-hot, having lost only once in their last eleven games.
Date/Time: 09-22-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets +6.5 Total: +213.5
Nuggets finished the regular season with a 46-27 record (33-36-4 ATS). They were 3rd in the West. They have back-to-back losses. In their last game they lost by the Lakers in game 2, 103-105. They were a 7.5-point underdog and managed to cover the spread.
Jamal Murray leads the team both in scoring with 26.6 ppg and in assists made with 6.1. Nikola Jokic adds 25.4 ppg, 5.9 assists and a team-high 10.2 rebounds per game.
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won 10 of their last 11 matches. In their last game they won Denver in Game two, 105-103. They were a -7.5 favorite and failed to beat the odds.
Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 28.7 ppg and in rebounding with 10.7 per game. LeBron James adds 25.6 ppg, 10 rebounds and a team-high 8.7 assists per game.
LA leads Denver 5-1 wins this season.
They have the second-best offense in the playoffs (114.3 to 107) and are first both in FG% (49.5% to 46.8%) and in assists made (26.2 to 22.3).
Lakers also have a better defense (105.8 to 109.2) and grab more rebounds (45.6 to 41.2).
On the other hand, Nuggets have the second-best 3-point percentage in the postseason (38.6% to 36.3%) and commit fewer turnovers (13.9 to 16.4).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Nuggets almost won game two and it will be very hard to repeat such a good performance against the Lakers tonight.
Lakers vs Nuggets Game 3 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 (-110)