As we head into the final stretch of the NBA season, every game is an important one. Tonight, one of the biggest games features the Denver Nuggets taking on the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN. This is the third and final matchup between these teams during this shortened NBA season. The Nuggets vs. Lakers NBA betting picks preview will find the best NBA betting odds, give you some betting trends, and show the best NBA picks and NBA predictions available.
NBA Betting Preview: Picks, Odds & Betting Trends Tonight
Denver Nuggets (43-21, 19-11 Away) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (36-28, 17-15 Home)
Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Time: 10 p.m. EST
Venue: STAPLES Center — Los Angeles, Calif.
The Nuggets are red hot right now. The enter this game winning nine of their last 10 games, which includes five straight wins. Despite losing Jamal Murray for the season and Will Barton for the past several games, Denver hasn’t missed a beat. This is due to the play of MVP candidate Nikola Jokic. He continues to have triple-double upside every night, and tonight is no different. Awesemo projects Jokic to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists. Michael Porter has also stepped up in a big way, following the losses of Murray and Barton. Porter has averaged 28.7 points over the past six games. Tonight, Awesemo projects Porter for 22 points.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are really struggling. They have lost six of their past seven games, and a win over a Western Conference contender like Denver would do wonders for their confidence. LeBron James has been back for two games, but after being down big yesterday, he sat out the rest of the game. He is questionable to play tonight. If he is out, it puts more pressure on Anthony Davis, who Awesemo projects to lead the Lakers in points. Dennis Schroder has already been ruled out tonight, as he could be out for up to two weeks due to health protocols.
Simply put, the Lakers have struggled to score points, so they face an uphill battle against a strong offensive team like Denver tonight.
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Nuggets vs. Lakers betting across the major sportsbooks. The odds expressed are from 12 p.m. EST on May 3, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.
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NBA Odds: Moneyline
- Nuggets: (-162) — SugarHouse, FanDuel, DraftKings
- Lakers: (+145) — BetMGM, PointsBet, William Hill
NBA Odds: Spread
- Nuggets: -3.5 (-110) — FanDuel, PointsBet, William Hill
- Lakers: +4 (-110) — BetMGM
NBA Odds: Point Total
- Over: 214.5 (-110) — FanDuel, William Hill
- Under: 215.5 (-110) — BetMGM
Nuggets vs. Lakers NBA Betting Trends
- The total has hit the under in five of Denver’s last seven games.
- Denver is 5-0 straight up in its last five games.
- The Lakers are 0-6-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of the Lakers’ last 10 games with Denver.
Nuggets vs. Lakers Prediction
These teams have been heading in very different directions. Unfortunately for the Lakers, their offensive problems make them really vulnerable against such a strong offensive team like Denver. On top of that, Denver has the rest advantage, so I am going with them to cover on the road.
Prediction: Nuggets -3.5
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