Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers 4/25/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Denver Nuggets (2-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-2)

Game Info: Thursday, April 25th, 2024 at  10 p.m. EST ( Arena)

Betting Odds: Nuggets ML (-110) - Over/Under (216.5)

Pick: Nuggets ML (-110)

The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers will meet for the third game of this first round playoff series here on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The defending NBA champions have jumped out to a 2-0 lead throughout the first two games of this series at home. Now both of these teams will look for a pivotal victory here in this one as a win by Denver could put Los Angeles on the brink of elimination and a victory by the Lakers could get them back into this series before heading into their second home game of the series later this weekend.

Denver put together a pretty rough first half on the defensive end of the court throughout the second game of this series, but they still managed to pull out the win when it was all said and done. They cleaned up their play on the defensive end of the court, and they continued to put the ball in the basket, which is something that Los Angeles has struggled with throughout the first two games of this series. Now Denver will look to bounce back and play a much cleaner game throughout the third game of the series to pick up their third consecutive victory in the process. 

The defending NBA champions were one of the best teams in the league throughout the season and they will look to carry that play over into this postseason and so far so good for Denver as they look for a third consecutive win. Denver has been successful away from home this season and they are undefeated against Los Angeles, which gives them a solid advantage here in this one, despite being the underdog on the books coming into tip off on Thursday night.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will look the bounce back after collapsing in the second game of the series earlier this week. As they search for a much-needed victory here in game number three at home to keep their hopes of advancing to the second round alive. Going down in this series would be a lethal blow for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and they will need to find a way to get the victory here in this against Denver. Los Angeles will need to improve their shooting from the field, especially behind the three-point line if they want to be successful here on Thursday night at home against the Denver Nuggets. 

Despite being two decades into his NBA career LeBron James continues to put up incredible numbers and that is something he will need to do for a third consecutive game if Los Angeles wants to grab their first victory of the series as well. They will also need to find a way to shut down the supporting cast as no matter what they do it’ll be pretty much impossible to shut down Nikola Jokić so they might just have to let him do his thing throughout this game and find a way to shut down the other four starters on the court if they want to be successful. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Denver is 5-0 against Los Angeles this season

- Denver is 24-17 on the road this season

- Denver is 55-19 as a underdog this season

I expect more of the same here in the third game of this opening round playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers. As I look for the Los Angeles Lakers to continue struggling shooting the basketball, and I expect the defending NBA champions to take full advantage of that here on Thursday night. As I look for Denver to win their third consecutive game of the series, as the series shifts to Los Angeles for the next two. Not only do I look for the Denver Nuggets to pick up the victory here in this game, but I also look for them to pull away from the Lakers late and win this by a decent margin with a solid showing from Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Junior, and Jamal Murray. 

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