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Lakers vs Nuggets: Denver Massive Series Favorite in Las Vegas Odds

The Denver Nuggets are sizable favorites in the Las Vegas odds to win the team’s first-round series versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver is a -400 favorite in our odds to defeat Los Angeles and advance to the second round. If you’re looking to back the underdog, the Lakers have +320 odds to win the series.

For added context, the Nuggets are the largest favorites of any team in the first round. It seems Vegas is not valuing the LeBron James-Anthony Davis duo as much as you may think.

Lakers vs Nuggets: Denver Massive Series Favorite in Las Vegas Odds
Lakers vs Nuggets: Denver Massive Series Favorite in Las Vegas Odds

Let’s take a look at the betting breakdown of how the Nuggets and Lakers matchup.


Nuggets, Lakers Have Both Struggled ATS

Part of the reason Denver is a massive favorite is that the team swept the season series versus Los Angeles. The Nuggets won all three games by eight or more points.

Denver has tempted bettors but not been particularly strong at the window. The Nuggets have a losing record against the spread at 38-43-1 in the NBA lines. So, that means you should jump on the Lakers, right?

Not necessarily. Not only have the Lakers struggled versus the Nuggets, but the team has also underwhelmed in the basketball odds. Los Angeles is 38-44 ATS this season.

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham pumped up his team’s chance heading into the series. Categorize this one in the “what else was he supposed to say” department.

We feel comfortable, though. We like where we are,” Ham noted, per Silver Screen and Roll.

We like where the spirit of our group is. Everybody’s chipping in, pitching in, excited about this challenge, this opportunity. Respect to Denver. They’re a hell of a ball club. There’s a reason they’re the defending champs but we like our chances.”


Lakers vs Nuggets: There’s Little Betting Value in This Series

It is no surprise that I expect the Nuggets to win this series. That said, I am not running to the sportsbook window to make that bet with so little return at -400.

If you’re going to talk yourself into a side, it actually makes more sense to roll with the Lakers. Look, I don’t think L.A. is going to win this series, but there are worse bets than rolling with LeBron and A.D. at +320.

You would be better off to bet online the spread game by game rather than grabbing the Nuggets’ series price. Ultimately, this is a stay away for me. The days of James being able to win a series by himself are likely over, making the defending champion a great candidate to advance.

NBA Series Pick: Nuggets 4-2.



Questions of the Day

What is the point spread for Game 1 of the Lakers-Nuggets series?

The Nuggets are a 7-point favorite versus the Lakers.

What are the Nuggets odds to win the NBA title?

Denver is second in the NBA title odds at +300.

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