The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets begin the playoffs with game 1 tonight in L.A. Check out the NBA odds for this game and other playoff games at Just Bet sportsbook.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5, but just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Nuggets on the other hand are 25-8 ATS in their last 33 games as a road underdog, 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 36-15 ATS in their last 51 road games.
The Denver Nuggets had some up and down moments this season due to poor play and injuries, but they managed to navigate to the sixth spot in the conference. The Nuggets, who led the league in scoring, won 8 of their last 10 games to actually surge into the playoffs. The Lakers did just enough to hold off the Clippers and win the Pacific Division and secure the number three seed out West. The Lakers were great at home, but tended to struggle on the road as evident by the fact that they ended up sub .500 away from home for the first time in a while.
The Lakers and Nuggets have split their last 10 meetings overall with L.A. taking the last two. The games between these two teams always tend to be close, which is something to look into when considering this series going forward.
For some reason we are leaning Denver Nuggets here. While the Lakers have been great win-loss wise this season at home they have only covered 7 games in the last 23 in which they were favored. Take the points and the Nuggets in this one at online sports books.