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    Los Angeles
    Lakers
    LAL
    Last 5 ATS
    W/L50-39
    ATS43-46
    O/U48-40-1
    FINAL SCORE
    103
    -
    114
    Denver
    Nuggets
    DEN
    Last 5 ATS
    W/L64-30
    ATS44-47
    O/U40-52-1
    SPREAD
    MONEYLINE
    OVER/UNDER
    Last 5 ATS
    50-39
    Win /Loss
    64-30
    43-46
    Spread
    44-47
    48-40-1
    Over / Under
    40-52-1
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    44%
    PUBLIC
    56%
    MONEY
    16%
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    84%
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    Over76%
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    Under24%
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    Think of 'Public' as the percentage of people betting on each side and 'Money' as how much money is being bet. When there's a big difference between the 'Public' and 'Money' data, it usually means that the more serious bettors (referred to as 'Sharp Money') are favoring a particular side.

    Expert Picks

    Point SpreadDenver -6.5 -110
    WIN
    Unit1.0
    +257.5
    13-10 in Last 23 NBA Picks
    James's Analysis:

    The Lakers are playing well, but they simply don't matchup well with this Nuggets team. Nikola Jokic has been a thorn in L.A.'s side and I expect that to continue on Saturday night. I'm laying the points and expect Denver to win by 10.

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 9:26 pm UTC
    Point SpreadL.A. Lakers +7 -110
    LOSS
    Unit1.0
    +190
    2-1 in Last 3 NBA Picks
    +188
    13-10 in Last 23 NBA ATS Picks
    +80
    3-2 in Last 5 DEN ATS Picks
    Brad's Analysis:

    Denver is going to win this series but the Lakers are playing very well and are going to make most games tight. Denver will get one blowout in this series but not in Game 1. Take the points.

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 9:18 pm UTC
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    Total Points + ReboundsNikola Jokic Over 40.5 Total Points + Rebounds -118
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    Jason's Analysis:

    The Nuggets know what it takes to win it all and they are led by the best player in basketball, who averaged 30/g in 3 regular season wins over the Lakers (while playing less minutes given that grind). He's had about a week off and will be plenty ball-dominant here I figure showing LA what they have to contend with, again. Averaged 28 PPG and 14.5 reb (highest of career in any playoff series) in sweep of LA in WCF. Only fear is a total blowout puts him on bench in 4th quarter. I project 30+15.

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 1:31 pm UTC
    Point SpreadDenver -7 -110
    WIN
    Unit1.0
    +674
    45-35 in Last 80 NBA ATS Picks
    +75
    3-2 in Last 5 LAL ATS Picks
    Jason's Analysis:

    Only concern is long layoff for Denver might make them rusty. Then again, you are never rustier than Opening Night, and DEN beat LA by 12 then. DEN swept the season series winning all 3 by 8+. Nuggets had 4 players avg 20+ PPG vs LA, played at a high pace vs them and scored plenty. LAL are the NBA's 23rd ranked team in Def Rating since the ASG (in a virtual tie with POR) - worst of any team still alive. That's a problem. Too many match-up issues here. Jokic will get his 30 and a triple double. After a tough series last year, Denver will be driven to dispatch LA quickly and send a message. I think that starts with double digit W.

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 1:23 pm UTC
    Point SpreadDenver -7 -110
    WIN
    Unit1.0
    +3809
    195-143-2 in Last 340 NBA Picks
    +2792
    107-72-1 in Last 180 NBA ATS Picks
    +935
    16-6 in Last 22 DEN ATS Picks
    Bruce's Analysis:

    There is a reason Denver has beaten the Lake Show eight straight times...the matchups simply don't work for LA. Mostly because Nikola Jokic and his ability to work from the high post removes some of the effectiveness Anthony Davis might have on the stop end closer to the bucket. Jokic terrorizes the Lakers, and the Nuggets are one of the few teams that can match on LeBron, as Aaron Gordon is big enough and long enough to not get overwhelmed. LA's supporting cast must come up big to avoid the same fate as last season when the Nuggets swept in the West finals. Play Nuggets

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 6:37 am UTC
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    Total AssistsAustin Reaves Over 4.5 Total Assists -128
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    +400
    4-0 in Last 4 NBA Player Props Picks
    Mike's Analysis:

    Austin Reaves averaged 5.5 assists per game during the regular season. He closed out the campaign by dishing out at least five assists in nine of his last 13 games. When the Lakers took on the Pelicans in the Play-In Tournament, Reaves registered six assists over 36 minutes. Reaves had at least five assists in three of four games against the Nuggets in the playoffs last year, and in two of three meetings with them during the regular season this year. I like his chances of finishing with at least five assists again.

    Pick Made: Apr 20, 2:07 am UTC
    Total Home PointsDenver Under 115.5 Total Pts -115
    WIN
    Unit1.0
    +200
    4-0 in Last 4 NBA Team Props Picks
    Erik's Analysis:

    The Lakers were swept but played the Nugs close in all 4 in last years playoffs. Nugs will struggle inside v AD and unless they shoot the lights out I like the under

    Pick Made: Apr 19, 8:37 pm UTC

    Team Injuries

    Los Angeles Lakers
    Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024
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    SF
    Cam Reddish
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    SG
    Jalen Hood-Schifino
    BackQuestionable
    Denver Nuggets
    Monday, May 20, 2024
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    Vlatko Cancar
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    Collin Gillespie
    KneeQuestionable