The Lakers bounced back in Game 4 and managed to get away with a win that gave them a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. They are facing once again the Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. It’s the third time in three rounds in this postseason that Denver is down 3-1 wins. They have done it twice and will be looking to do it again, starting tonight.
Date/Time: 09-26-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -5 Total: +215
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won seven of their last eight matches. In their last game they won Denver in Game 4, 114-108. They were a -6 favorite and tied the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 28.9 ppg, adding 9.6 rebounds per game. LeBron James follows with 25.9 ppg, adding team-highs both in rebounding with 9.9 and in assists made with 8.8 per game.
Nuggets finished the regular season with a 46-27 record (33-36-4 ATS). They were 3rd in the West. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by the Lakers in game four, 108-114. They were a 6-point underdog and managed to tie the odds.
Jamal Murray leads the team both in scoring with 26.9 ppg and in assists made with 6.6 per game. Nikola Jokic adds 24.7 ppg, 5.8 assists and a team-high 10 rebounds per game.
LA leads Denver 6-2 wins this season.
They have third-best in these playoffs both offensively (113.7 to 107.4) and defensively (106.5 to 109.3).
They are first both in field goal percentage (49.5% to 47.4%) and in dimes made (26 to 22.5) and also grab more rebounds (43.8 to 40.9).
On the other hand, Nuggets shoot from behind the arc with a second-best 38.5% to Lakers’ 35.4% and commit fewer turnovers (14.1 to 16).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. All of their wins have been fairly close so even if they manage to win, it will be closer than that.
Nuggets vs Lakers Game 5 Prediction: Denver Nuggets +5 (-108)