Los Angeles Lakers VS Denver Nuggets

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05/03/2021

ESPN / SPECSN

Spread: Los Angeles Lakers TBA

Over/Under: TBA

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The Los Angeles Lakers are hosting the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 10:00 ET. This will be a high caliber Western battle between two of the six best squads currently in the conference. The Lakers have both of their superstars back in their lineup but are 1-5 in their previous six matches and are tied for 5th in the West. The Nuggets are 9-1 in their previous ten and are sitting in the third place. 

The Lakers have a 36-27 record and are 28-34-1 against the spread and 24-39 in over/under. They are coming off a home defeat against the Kings with a 106-110 score. This was LeBron James’ first game back from his injury and scored 16 points, adding 7 boards and 8 dimes.  Anthony Davis led the team with 22 points and a team-high 11 boards.  

James leads the team both in scoring with 25.2 ppg and in assists made with 7.9, grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game, with a 51.3% field goal percentage. Anthony Davis adds 21.6 ppg and 8 rebounds per game. 

Lakers have the second-best defense in the league with 106.5 ppg and average 109.6 ppg offensively. They have a 47.34% field goal percentage and 35.2% 3-point percentage. They are 0-5-1 against the spread in their previous six matches. Under is 3-1 in their previous four matches. 

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Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions 5/3/2021

The Nuggets have a 43-21 record and are 31-33 against the spread and 35-29 in over/under. They are coming off a road victory against the Clippers with a 110-104 score. Nikola Jokic had another double double with team-highs both in points scored with 30 and in rebounds with 14, adding 7 assists. 

Jokic leads the team in scoring with 26.2 ppg, in rebounding with 10.9 and in assists made with 8.5 per game. Jamal Murray follows with 21.2 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game but he is out for the season with an injury. 

Nuggets have the fourth-best offense in the NBA with 115.5 ppg and allow 110.1 ppg. They have the third-best field goal percentage with 48.8% and a 38% 3-point percentage. They are 3-1 against the spread in their previous four matches. Under is 3-1 in their previous four.

Both squads have won once each other at home earlier this year. Denver won with a 122-105 score and LA with 114-93. Over is 4-1 in their previous five matchups and 8-2 in their previous ten. The Lakers are 17-14 at home, while the Nuggets are 19-11 on the road. Lakers are struggling lately, so pick the Nuggets in this one. 

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Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 5/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 10:00 ET 

Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

TV: ESPN / SPECSN

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles Lakers TBA 

NBA Totals: TBA

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