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Denver Nuggets vs. LA Lakers Game 1 Betting Odds, Prop Bets

Written by:
Mary Montgomery
Published on:
Sep/17/2020

The Denver Nuggets vs. LA Lakers game was seeing balanced action overnight with the Lakers a -7 favorite.  This one opened at -6.5.

The Lakers have won three of the last four games against Denver.  The Nuggets won the two previous games.

The Nuggets are 5-1 Against The Spread in their last 6 games overall.

After eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers in stunning fashion, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone believes his team is ready for the test that awaits against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals, beginning Friday night near Orlando.

The Nuggets advanced by rallying from a 3-1 series deficit to bounce the Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday behind 40 points from Jamal Murray and a triple-double by Nikola Jokic (16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists).

Malone said the ability of the third-seeded Nuggets to defend against the second-seeded Clippers determined the outcome and allowed them to become the first NBA club to rally from back-to-back series after trailing 3-1. They knocked off the Utah Jazz in the opening round.

Denver held the Clippers without a field goal for more than seven minutes in the fourth quarter. They also held Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scoreless in the final period.

"I thought our defense the last three games was just incredible," said Malone, who celebrated his 49th birthday Tuesday. "We have a special group. We still have a lot of work to do, Western Conference finals. We know we're playing a very talented and well-rested Laker team. But I do know this: our guys are up for that challenge."

Few believed Denver had a realistic chance of upsetting the second-seeded Clippers, one of the favorites to win the NBA title. But the Nuggets rallied from double-digit deficits with solid second-half performances in three consecutive contests to prevail.

Murray said a lack of respect from some media pundits also didn't hurt.

"We shouldn't have been down 3-1 but to come back from 3-1 against the Clippers was a big achievement, so it's just fun to change that narrative," Murray said.

Dominance has been the narrative for the top-seeded Lakers in the playoffs. They reached the conference finals by beating the Houston Rockets in five games. Like they did in the opening round against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers dropped Game 1 before reeling off four straight wins to land in their first conference final in 10 years.

However, Lakers coach Frank Vogel believes the Nuggets will present a tougher task.

"To be honest, they're a terrific basketball team," Vogel said. "They deserve to be in the Western Conference finals and they're a handful with the way that they play, the movement, the passing, the cutting. Obviously, Jamal and (Jokic) have been playing at a super high level, and they're playing with a ton of confidence. So I wasn't surprised."

Anthony Davis and LeBron James also have been playing at a high level. Davis is averaging a team-high 27.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in the postseason. He is shooting 58.6 percent from the floor.

James averages 26.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the playoffs. The Lakers have also gotten timely contributions from Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso. Vogel believes they will all need to play well against Denver.

"Obviously, they're a very resilient group to come back from 3-1 twice in the same year, and we're going to have to play great to beat them," Vogel said.

The Nuggets are playing in their first conference final in 11 years. They lost to the Lakers in six games in 2009.

--Field Level Media

Nuggets @ Lakers Fri, Sep 18, 2020 EST

Rot Double Result Moneyline
2007 Nuggets - Nuggets     +350
2008 Tie - Nuggets     +3500
2009 Lakers - Nuggets     +750
2010 Nuggets - Lakers     +400
2011 Tie - Lakers     +1700
2012 Lakers - Lakers     -155
 
Rot Highest Scoring Quarter Moneyline
2013 1st Quarter     +200
2014 2nd Quarter     +200
2015 3rd Quarter     +400
2016 4th Quarter     +300
2017 Tie     +1300
 
Rot Highest Scoring Half Moneyline
2018 1st Half     -170
2019 2nd Half     +110
2020 Tie     +4500
OT Not Inclured
Rot Winning Margin Moneyline
2021 Nuggets to win by 1-2 pts     +1100
2022 Nuggets to win by 3-6 pts     +700
2023 Nuggets to win by 7-9 pts     +1300
2024 Nuggets to win by 10-13 pts     +1500
2025 Nuggets to win by 14-16 pts     +2800
2026 Nuggets to win by 17-20 pts     +3000
2027 Nuggets to win by 21 or more pts     +3000
2028 Lakers to win by 1-2 pts     +900
2029 Lakers to win by 3-6 pts     +425
2030 Lakers to win by 7-9 pts     +600
2031 Lakers to win by 10-13 pts     +450
2032 Lakers to win by 14-16 pts     +800
2033 Lakers to win by 17-20 pts     +800
2034 Lakers to win by 21 or more pts     +500
 
Rot Team with Highest Scoring Quarter Moneyline
2035 Nuggets     +170
2036 Lakers     -170
2037 Tie     +600
 
Rot 1st Half Winning Margin Moneyline
2038 Nuggets to win by 1-3 pts     +650
2039 Nuggets to win by 4-6 pts     +800
2040 Nuggets to win by 7-9 pts     +1200
2041 Nuggets to win by 10-12 pts     +2000
2042 Nuggets to win by 13-15 pts     +3000
2043 Nuggets to win by 16 or more pts     +3000
2044 Lakers to win by 1-3 pts     +500
2045 Lakers to win by 4-6 pts     +450
2046 Lakers to win by 7-9 pts     +500
2047 Lakers to win by 10-12 pts     +650
2048 Lakers to win by 13-15 pts     +800
2049 Lakers to win by 16 or more pts     +550
2050 Tie     +1300

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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