NBA Playoff Betting Preview
Denver Nuggets (50-32) at Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) (Game 1)
Sunday, 3:05 pm Eastern – ABC
The top seeded Los Angeles Lakers open up the Western Conference playoffs at home against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Lakers were 3-0 against the Nuggets during the regular season. This is the fourth time the teams have met in playoff history and the Lakers have won each of the previous three series. Los Angeles is led by MVP candidate Kobe Bryant who led the team in scoring with 28.3 points per game. The key to the Lakers getting the number one seed in the West was the trade with Memphis in which they got Pau Gasol. Since that time the Lakers have thrived. Gasol averaged 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 27 games for the Lakers. The Lakers won their three games against Denver this season by an average of 16 points per game.
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The Nuggets are in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. They have lost each of the last four years in the first round and are expected to lose to the Lakers in this series. Allen Iverson led the Nuggets in scoring this season at 26.4 points per game while Carmelo Anthony was a close second at 25.7 points per game.
Here are the NBA betting stats for Sunday’s game. The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog. The Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games as a home favorite. The Lakers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 playoff games as a favorite. The home team is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings between the two teams.
The Under is 5-0 in the Nuggets last 5 overall. The Under is 15-2 in the Nuggets last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Under is 14-3 in the Nuggets last 17 playoff games as an underdog. The Under is 7-2 in the Nuggets last 9 Sunday games. The Under is 5-2 in the Nuggets last 7 road games.
The Over is 6-2 in the Lakers last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Over is 5-2 in the Lakers last 7 games as a home favorite. The Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams.
Pick the Nuggets in the suprise winner of game 1. 3units