- Nuggets Game Postponed
- What Can’t Jokic Do
- Lebron is Still on Top
- Can’t Stop the Brow
- Last 5 Games
- Injuries and Odds
- Nuggets at Lakers Betting Pick
The Denver Nuggets (12-8) travel to Los Angeles (16-6) for the first time since the Lakers knocked them out of the bubble in the Western Conference Finals. Denver and Los Angeles enter this contest as contenders in the West, both behind the Clippers and the Jazz.
Nuggets Game Postponed
The Nuggets have been out of basketball since playing on the last day of January against the Utah Jazz. Nuggets versus Pistons was postponed Monday night due to Covid-19 protocols. Denver is well-rested, but potentially a bit rusty having a four-day layoff.
This is not typical of a normal NBA season, but as the NBA battles, the pandemic teams will be challenged in different ways.
What Can’t Jokic Do?
It’s no secret to NBA fans that Nikola Jokic is one of the most talented big men in the league. Jokic gets everything done for the Nuggets and is the driving force of both the offense and defense. Jokic leads the Nuggets in all three of the main statistical categories with 26.8 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, and 8.6 assists per game.
Ahead of the matchup against the Lakers, the much larger Jokic joked about how he physically compares to Lebron James.
“The speed is there. We are the same athletically… I don’t know, can he jump as high as me?”
Lebron is Still on Top
At age 36, Lebron James is showing no signs of slowing down. James leads the Lakers averaging 25 points per game and 7.5 assists per game and continues to dominate as one of the premier players in the NBA. James will be taking the floor for the first time since a slight altercation with fans sitting courtside in Atlanta. “I miss that interaction. I need that interaction; we as players need that interaction,” said James.” “I don’t feel like it was warranted to be kicked out.” Unfortunately for James, NBA attendance continues to be minimal if not non-existent during the pandemic.
Can’t Stop The Brow
Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the league and at 6’10” Davis can do things that guys his size just aren’t supposed to do. In the 2020 playoffs, Davis was a major X-factor in the series as the Nuggets struggled to slow him down. In the Western Conference Finals series against Denver, last season Davis averaged 31.2 points per game, the most out of anyone in the series. For Denver to win this game it will be key to slow down Davis and force other players around him to make big shots.
Last Five Games
The Nuggets are beginning to click and string together important wins to keep themselves near the top of the Western Conference. Denver defeated the number one seeded Utah Jazz their last time out 128-117.
The Lakers have been very efficient this season winning games they are supposed to win. L.A. recently lost a close game to the Philadelphia 76ers and lost big 107-92 to the Detroit Pistons.
Gary Harris – Out (thigh)
Anthony Davis – Probable (quadriceps)
Lebron James – Probable (ankle)
- Nuggets +5 (-110) Moneyline (+176) O/U 219 (-110)
- Lakers -5 (-110) Moneyline (-210) O/U 219 (-110)
- Prediction: Lakers -5
Nuggets at Lakers Betting Pick
Yes, the Denver Nuggets have a good team led by C Nikola Jokic and PG Jamal Murray, but the Lakers are still the better team in this one. I believe the Lakers got better from last season adding Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell making them even more dangerous and widening the gap between them and the Nuggets.
Last postseason the Nuggets were able to keep things close, but the Lakers still won the series 4-1 en route to winning the 2020 NBA Championship. Take the Lakers -5.