Nuggets vs Lakers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 3 (Can Denver Achieve 3-0 Stranglehold?)

Nuggets vs Lakers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 3 (Can Denver Achieve 3-0 Stranglehold?)


The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Saturday, May 20 with Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Nuggets vs Lakers Game 3 Info

  • Series: DEN leads 2-0
  • Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Arena -- Los Angeles, California
  • Coverage: ABC

The Western Conference Finals head to Hollywood as the Nuggets boast a 2-0 lead following Game 2's 108-103 victory. Jamal Murray did everything could to help his team beat the Lakers, tallying a game-high 37 points with 10 rebounds while Nikola Jokic had, yet another, triple-double (23 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists).

Nuggets vs Lakers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: DEN: (+188) | LAL: (-225)
  • Spread: DEN: +5.5 (-110) | LAL: -5.5 (-110)
  • Total: 223.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Lakers enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 223.5 points with both sides being available at -110 odds.

Nuggets vs Lakers Betting Trends

  • Denver is 6-3 straight up (SU) in its last nine games against the Lakers.
  • The Lakers are 5-2 SU in their last seven games against the Northwest Division.
  • Denver is 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games as the underdog.
  • The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has hit the under in four of Denver's last six games played on a Saturday.
  • The total has hit the under in six of the Lakers' last eight games as the favorite.

Nuggets vs Lakers Prediction & Pick

The Lakers completely dropped the ball in Game 2 despite leading by as many as 11 points while even having a five-point halftime lead. Los Angeles' downfall can be attributed mostly to a poor three-point performance (8-of-30, 26,7%) and getting outrebounded (49-40) by Denver.

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Having said that, I can see the Lakers bouncing back Saturday night. After, Darvin Ham's team is perfect 6-0 at Arena this postseason, averaging 117.7 PPG on 48.6% shooting with a plus-18.3 average scoring margin. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have dropped five of their past seven road games, giving up 121-plus points in two of the last three.

LeBron James will do everything in his power to make sure the Lakers aren't swept while Anthony Davis will likely have a bounce-back performance. With the Nuggets also losing eight of their past nine away games in this all-time series, look for the Lakers to cut the series deficit in half.

Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 122 | Nuggets: 115

Nuggets vs Lakers Best Bet

For this game's best bet, I'm taking the Lakers to cover as 5.5-point favorites. Despite back-to-back losses, they're still 5-1 ATS in their past six games while being 6-0 ATS in Los Angeles this postseason.

On top of that, the Lakers are also 4-0-1 ATS in their past five meetings with the Nuggets. Considering how playing at Arena seems to be a huge obstacle for Denver, back Los Angeles to get a convincing win here.

Bet: Lakers -5.5 (-110)

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