Okay, BetUS online NBA betting enthusiasts, with Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Western Conference Finals set for Tuesday, it’s time to find out whether Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets can win this all-important matchup to improve their hopes of dispatching LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, in a 2-0 hole, the desperate Nuggets will be going all-out to take Game 3 while the streaking Lakers look to remain red-hot while taking another step toward reaching the 2020 NBA Finals.
Western Conference Game 3 Preview
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
When: Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, FL
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James and company have won five straight. After taking Game 1 of this series, 126-114, the Lakers got past the Nuggets in Game 2 as All-Star forward Anthony Davis drained a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired for a stunning 105-103 victory.
While Los Angeles covered the spread as a 7-point favorite in Game 1, they failed to cash in as a nearly identical 7.5-point favorite in Game 2. Davis scored a team-high 31 points while adding nine rebounds in Game 2 while James added 26 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Davis has been almost unstoppable, averaging 34.0 points per game while shooting 23-for-44 from the field and 19-for-22 from the free-throw line.
Game 3 Preview ATS Trends
Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss.
Under is 5-1 in the Lakers last 6 games following a straight-up win.
Under is 4-1 in the Lakers last 5 overall.
Under is 7-3 in the Lakers’ last 10 “road” games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Despite coming up just short, Denver got a good performance out of All-Star center Nikola Jokic as the do-it-all big man scored a team-high 30 points while dishing out nine assists and adding six rebounds. Sweet-shooting point guard Jamal Murray added 25 points, but shot 2-of-9 from 3-point range. Rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. continued to impress by adding 15 points off the bench while going 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. Despite being down 2-0, head coach Mike Malone still expressed belief his team can come back to make it a series.
“Some guys like to win, some guys hate to lose,” he said. “One thing I know about our group: Even though we are disappointed, frustrated, angry, we’ll use that motivation to come out and try to take Game 3.”
Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up loss.
Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Nuggets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
Under is 3-0-1 in Nuggets last 4 games following a straight-up loss
Under is 7-0-2 in Nuggets last 9 games playing on one-day rest
Under is 7-1-2 in Nuggets last 10 overall.
Under is 6-1-2 in Nuggets last 9 games as an underdog.
Game 3 Preview Head-to-Head
After losing their initial meetings this season, the Lakers have won four straight over the Nuggets. Los Angeles has also won seven of 10 meetings dating to 2018. The Lakers had put 120 points or more on the board against the Nuggets in three straight until Game 2 while Denver put 114 points or more on the board in four straight prior to their last meeting.
Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Denver.
The Over is 21-8-2 in the last 31 meetings.
The Over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in Denver.