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Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Playoffs Expert Picks & Odds 09/18/2020

Stefan S.
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Stefan S.
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March 29, 2021
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Stefan is one of the Tipsters at our BettingBilly Team. You can follow his success in our free section as well as in Billy's List. Most of his time he's watching and analyzing football and basketball to serve you with the very best picks you can get.
Stefan is one of the Tipsters at our BettingBilly Team. You can follow his success in our free section as well as in Billy's List. Most of his time he's watching and analyzing football and basketball to serve you with the very best picks you can get.
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Denver Nuggets
vs.
70:59 HT 126:114 FT
Los Angeles Lakers
Took place: 18/09/2020 9:00 pm in Orlando, Florida
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Although we were very close to the L.A. matchup between the Lakers and the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals, the Nuggets managed to secure a ticket for the upcoming tie. Who will come up as a winner of Game 1 and get a bit closer to the Grand Finals? Let’s see what we can expect from both sides in this match.

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Our expert picks
Pick #1
Nuggets +7.5
Best odds
-105
Units: 3/10
Additional Pick
Under 212.5
Best odds
-135
Units: 3/10
Additional Pick
Nuggets +4.5 HT
Best odds
-110
Units: 3/10
Your Expert:
Stefan S.
+101%
Stefan S.

LA Lakers – Will they finally win Game 1?

The Lakers managed to go through the Conference Finals after winning a tie against the Houston Rockets without major troubles. They lost just once in that series, and it was the very first game. LeBron James and the Co. burned the nets in the last four matches by scoring more than 100 points per contest. James and Davis dominated the tie, and they have probably been the two best players in the playoffs so far. Two of them averaged 57 points, 14 assists, and 22 rebounds so far, and on top of that, they have been playing stifling defense.

Besides them, Rajon Rondo has been on fire against the Rockets, hitting 44% behind the arc. In addition to that, he was making seven assists and two steals per game, and if Rondo can keep up the form, the Lakers could wrap the series. However, the matchup with the Nuggets will be completely different from the one against the Rockets, and we’ll see how he will look like in this series.

Expected Line-Up: LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee

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-105

Denver Nuggets – Great comebacks in the last two ties

Denver’s playing style is nothing like any Lakers’ opponents in the playoffs. They are playing a beautiful team basketball that relies on splaying the ball around the court and hitting open shooters. Although all guys on the court have a significant role in their playing style, two of them can be considered as team leaders. The Nuggets mostly rely on Nikola Jokic, who is, with all due respect to other players, the best offensive center in the league. The Serbian international is a very versatile player, and quite untypical for his position. Besides scoring from the post, his three-pointers give another dimension to Denver. We usually ask ourselves how it is possible that a tall player like him has such lucid and creative passes, and some of his state-of-the-art assists make you think he can be used as a playmaker.

Another guy that makes a significant contribution in offense is Jamal Murray. He has been averaging 27 points per game with an astonishing 49% three-pointer shooting. When he was allowed to take at least eight attempts behind the arc, Murray scored 33.6 points per match. That’s something the Nuggets might take advantage of and try to capitalize on Jamal’s shooting capabilities. It will be interesting to see who can take on Murray since the Lakers will miss Avery Bradley.

Expected Line-Up: Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic

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Our expert picks
Pick #1
Nuggets +7.5
Best odds
-105
Units: 3/10
Additional Pick
Under 212.5
Best odds
-135
Units: 3/10
Additional Pick
Nuggets +4.5 HT
Best odds
-110
Units: 3/10
Your Expert:
Stefan S.
+101%
Stefan S.

92.1/100
Summary – Nuggets might surprise the Lakers
The Nuggets might have the chance to challenge the opponents for a win and eventually get an advantage in the series. The Lakers lost the Game 1 in both previous ties, mostly since they like to feel out the opponents first. They have a slow start, and that’s what the Nuggets can take advantage of. Denver should go aggressive from the start of the game, and that’s why we see the +4.5 spread after the first two quarters at the odds of -110 as a value bet. They might get tired in the second half, but remain competitive in the game, so we will also go with a +7.5 FT spread. If we take a look at the totals, the game might remain under 212.5 margin if Denver manages to neutralize the lightning-speed of their opponent’s transition. Although their recent head to head clashes went over this margin, this will be a different game with no more than 212 points in total. We can’t wait for the match to start, and we wish you all good luck with our picks!

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Our expert picks
Pick #1
Nuggets +7.5
Best odds
-105
Units: 3/10
Additional Pick
Under 212.5
Best odds
-135
Units: 3/10
Additional Pick
Nuggets +4.5 HT
Best odds
-110
Units: 3/10
Your Expert:
Stefan S.
+101%
Stefan S.

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