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Can the Lakers even up the series against the Nuggets? We'll find out tonight in Game 2. Denver is currently listed as a 5.5-point favorite and the total is sitting at 226.5.
Los Angeles has to find a way to slow down Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, who combined for 65 points in Game 1. The Lakers also have to get more production for their guards. Dennis Schroder and D'Angelo Russell combined for just 14 points on Tuesday.
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AD was a force down low for the Lakers in Game 1. The former Kentucky Wildcat scored 40 points and brought down 10 rebounds. He also did well on the defensive end by getting 3 steals and blocking 2 shots. We're expecting another strong defensive effort from Davis tonight in Game 2.
Want a trend that strongly backs this play? You got it! Davis has gone over this number of blocks and steals in 10 of 13 playoff games this year. That's enough for us to pull the trigger on the Over!
The matchup against the Nuggets also favors an Over for Davis. Denver ranks 17th in the league in turnovers (14.1), so Davis should have plenty of opportunities to get some steals. Take the Over!
Nobody can stop Joker when he's in beast mode, and that's exactly what he's been in of late. The 6-11, 284-pound powerhouse has gone over this point total in 4 out of his last 5 games.
Look for Jokic to continue his dominance tonight, especially if the Lakers decide to go with a 3 guard lineup to start the game.
The 27-year-old is averaging 31 points per game during the playoffs, which also points to some value in the Over. The Los Angeles defense only ranks 21st in paint points allowed per game, so the matchup is favorable as well.
This number looks to be a tad bit high on Gordon. The former Arizona Wildcat is a nice player, but he's stayed under this total in 5 straight ball games. With the Lakers cranking up the defensive intensity, look for Gordon's production to be limited.
Los Angeles ranks 2nd in opponent shooting efficiency, which means that Gordon could have a hard time finding quality shots. The Lakers also rank 5th in rebounding, while the Nuggets only rank 19th. Let's play the Under!
Caesars is currently pricing the Under at -151. That's a great sign that we're on the right track with this play! Good luck!