Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers - 9/20/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Denver Nuggets (54-34) at Los Angeles Lakers (61-21)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in game two of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Denver Nuggets look for a bounce back showing to even up the series at 1-1. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 107.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 26.7 points and 6.3 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 25.1 points and 10.5 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jerami Grant is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for another victory to take a quick 2-0 series lead. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 115.2 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.5 points and 10.8 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.5 points and 9.1 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 6-1-2 in Nuggets last 9 overall. The under is 5-2 in Lakers last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles and 21-7-2 in the last 30 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been a completely different team since the return of Rajon Rondo, and they seem to be firing on all cylinders with blowout win after blowout win. With that said, I'll continue to say the Nuggets are the deeper team here and can hang around in this series, it's just a matter of playing defense. The Nuggets played well enough offensively to win game one, they just allowed 53 percent shooting from the field. It's been like this for the Nuggets for three straight series, and they don't seem to play with much energy defensively until they're trailing in the series. The Nuggets may need another loss to get going, but I still find value in backing the deeper team and the free points.