Ride the Hot Hands
NBA betting prop odds are available for every player in Game 4 between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, including Jamal Murray.
Murray has been the hottest player on the court so far as the Nuggets look to wrap up the series with a sweep on Monday night.
If that’s to happen, Murray might need another big performance, and he’s the player to watch at the sportsbook.
More for Murray
It’s unfair to expect more of the same from Murray, but we’re happy to back the red-hot Nuggets guard.
The Canadian has hit top gear at the right time after posting points totals of 31, 37 and 37 points from the first three games.
That’s an incredible achievement, and NBA odds have him at 37½ for points, rebounds and assists. Bettors get a great line considering Murray’s form to date, and even if he scored only around 25 points, he’s good enough to add rebounds and provide assists.
Murray got off to a fast start in Game 3, so expect live betting markets to adjust the line should he drop around 10 points in the opening quarter.
For a player who suffered a potential career-ending injury, it has been quite the comeback.
“I remember being in the bus with him … and he had tears in his eyes, and that was the message. ‘Hey man, you’re gonna come back from this. And not only are you going to come back, you’re going to be better,’” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone.
The Lakers have been double-teaming Nikola Jokic, which has allowed Murray to get his shot. He might have more company in Game 4, but we’re locking him in.
JAMAL MURRAY CAN’T MISS 😤 pic.twitter.com/JZ2HNWlDqM
— ESPN (@espn) May 21, 2023
Lock in Jokic
We can’t quite believe the NBA lines for Jokic, who despite having an average Game 3 in the scoring department, still managed 24 points.
Jokic had an off night, but we see him scoring much more than 26½ points on Monday. He has totals of 34, 23 and 24 points in the Western Conference finals, but with Murray likely to attract more defensive attention, Jokic could have a field day.
Going 9 of 19 and still getting to 24 points is credit to his talent, so we see the two-time MVP getting to at least 30 points.
Online gambling lines could move the line to around 28½, so it could pay to jump on the early line and watch the best player in the game go to work. He scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of Game 3.
Jokic also got into early foul trouble on Saturday, which saw him sitting on the bench for extended minutes. If he stays on the court for over 40 minutes, bettors should cash this generous offer from bookmakers.
NIKOLA JOKIC NO WAY. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 17, 2023
James Providing the Assist
It hasn’t been a vintage playoff series for LeBron James, who has scored 26, 22, and 23 points so far. However, he has been an assist machine.
The 38-year-old is starting to visibly slow down, notably when he decided to pull up on a drive to the rim, but bettors should see his assist line of 8½ and get excited.
Sport betting markets have a generous line considering he has had nine, 10, and 12 assists so far in the Western Conference finals.
Just because it’s a must-win game for the Lakers doesn’t mean James will stop trying to get his teammates involved. Austin Reaves and Jarred Vanderbilt will be waiting in the corners to slot the 3-pointer, so James could rack up a big assists number.
He’s still one of the best passers in the NBA, so take the value line.