With our NBA best betting pick on Thursday we select from game six of the best of seven Western conference playoff series between the LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets. The Lakers and Nuggets will begin from Denver at 10:30PM Eastern Time and its TNT delivering the live national television broadcast. The NBA best pick of the day is playing on the Denver Nuggets -1 ½ points against the LA Lakers. The odds from game five of the Nuggets and Lakers were pulled from BetOnline sportsbook.
The betting odds from game six in this NBA playoff series saw the home club Denver Nuggets open as a -1 ½ point betting favorite with the total lined at 197 points. Early money from the bettors did not move the line as Denver still is favored by -1 ½ points. The total has moved up a notch to a current line of 197 ½ points. Those betting Denver on the money line will lay -120 odds. Those banking on the LA Lakers to close out this series with an outright game six win can get back +110 odds for their money line wager.
We are starting to see the confidence build up for this young Denver Nuggets team. It was an impressive performance for Denver to go to Staples Center and pull out a three point win against the Lakers as an outright underdog. We saw bench players in JaVale McGee and Andre Miller come up big with huge efforts with the club facing elimination. McGee had 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds while Miller scored 24 points and had eight assists. Denver was able to escape LA with a win in game five with three impact players with subpar efforts. Danilo Gallinari had just 14 points on 4 of 13 from the floor. Point guard Ty Lawson shot just 4 of 12 and scored 9 points. Al Harrington went 0 of 7 off the bench. Denver still struggled from three in their win in LA as the club made 3 of 19 shots. There are tons to improve from the Nuggets point of view and game five proved that the Nuggets can bring a B game and still pull out a road playoff win against LA.
Denver adjusted well following game four and gave issues to the Lakers offensive rhythm. Kobe Bryant shot the ball 32 times and converted on just 14 shots. Andrew Bynum was limited by the Nuggets defenders to just 8 shots all game long. Pau Gasol scored only nine points and has not been a major force offensively all series long. Gasol really looks like he has lost a step on the court and could be the Lakers lone impact player who has been hampered the most by the condensed regular season. We saw Gasol struggle with the altitude in Denver as he sat the bench in game four simply because he had trouble breathing. Denver Nuggets off their win in game five on the road brings confidence and good energy tonight in their game against LA. Denver gets a solid effort tonight and force a game seven with a win and cover tonight with your sportsbook betting.