The Lakers managed to win their first opening game of any series in this season’s playoffs. They have a 1-0 lead and are facing once again the Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. They looked more fresh and prepared and will be looking to build on that momentum for another win today. Denver want to bounce back because a 2-0 LA lead will be very hard to overcome.
Date/Time: 09-20-2020, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -7.5 Total: +214
LA had a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS) in the regular season, which was the best in the West. They have won 9 of their last 10 matches. In their last game they won the Nuggets in Game 1, 126-114. They were a 7-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 28.5 ppg and in rebounding with 10.8 per game. LeBron James adds 25.5 ppg, 9.9 rebounds and a team-high 9.1 assists per game.
Denver had a 46-27 record (33-36-4 ATS) in the regular season and were third in the West. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak end. They lost by the Lakers in game one, 114-126. They were a 7-point underdog and failed to cover the spread.
Jamal Murray leads the team both in scoring with 26.7 ppg and in assists made with 6.3. Nikola Jokic adds 25.1 ppg, 5.7 assists and a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game.
Lakers lead the Nuggets 4-1 wins this season.
They have the second-best offense in the postseason (115.2 to 107.3).
Lakers are also first both in field goal percentage (49.9% to 46.7%) and assists made (26.5 to 22.3).
They are better defensively (106 to 109.5) and in rebounding (45.7 to 41.9).
On the other hand, Nuggets have the second-best-point percentage (38.9% to 36.4%), and commit fewer turnovers (13.5 to 15.7).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They looked serious in the opening game of the series and they will not let the Nuggets take a breath in this series.
Nuggets vs Lakers Game 2 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -7.5 (-110)