Despite the fact the Lakers struggled with Houston in the last round, NBA betting lines heavily favor the Lakers in this series against Denver.NBA odds have the Lakers a 6.5 point favorite in Game 1 with a total of 215. The Lakers are also more than a 2-1 NBA betting favorite to win this 7-game series. Last year the Lakers swept the Nuggets in the playoffs, winning all four games by an average of more than 12 points per game. Most gamblers that look at NBA odds don’t see the series going that way this time. The Nuggets with Chauncey Billups leading the way have been exceptional and most people believe this series against the Lakers will be competitive. Home court could be crucial in this NBA betting series. The Lakers have won 16 of their last 18 NBA playoff games at home. The Nuggets have been superb on their home floor as well, with their last lost at home coming months ago. The Nuggets have won 16 straight home games overall.
During the regular season the Lakers were 3-1 against the Nuggets as NBA odds statistics show. In NBA odds playoff action the Lakers have won all three previous meetings including the sweep last year.
Denver has been led by Billups and Carmelo Anthony while the Lakers are led by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Billups is averaging 22.1 points and 7.3 assists in the playoffs as NBA odds numbers show. Kobe is averaging 27.4 points per game in the playoffs as NBA odds stats show. Anthony is averaging 27 points per game in the playoffs as NBA odds numbers indicate. Gasol is averaging just over 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.
NBA odds statistics tell us that the Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Pacific Division. The Nuggets are 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings between the two teams as NBA odds statistics indicate.
The Lakers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a home favorite as NBA betting statistics indicate.
Looking at the NBA odds total we see that the Over is 4-0 in the Nuggets last 4 overall. The Under is 7-3 in the Nuggets last 10 road games. The Under is 4-0 in the Lakers last 4 overall.
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