Lakers vs Nuggets Odds and Predictions: Game over for Nuggets?
The NBA conference finals are fast turning into a one-sided battle with both the opponents looking for a huge leap in the coming games to make it to the NBA finals. The game 4 of the nba western conference playoff finals concluded with the Los Angeles Lakers securing a comfortable win against Denver Nuggets which also means that they have one foot in the final after a 3-1 lead. Game 5 is less than 24 hours away with the Nuggets having a lot of work to do to overturn this so that they have the slightest chance to make it to the next stage. The Lakers need not have to break head and will be on their toes to finish this as quickly as possible so that their players can rest.
The Lakers got off to a flyer with Anthony Davis scoring the first 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting that gave them a one-point lead. The Nuggets cause was helped by Jamal Murray who came up with 12 points to close the gap to seven points which ended at 37-30 after first quarter. At the start of the second, Alex Caruso’s triple pointer ensured a 42-32 lead with Kyle Kuzma pitching in with 10 points in just 10 minutes. The Nuggets made the most of Lakers 8 out of 9 misses to close out to just 5-point deficit after trailing by 12 points early in the quarter thanks to Jamal Murray’s 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Nikola Jakic, Jerami Grant coming up with 10 points each.
The Lakers got a head start in the second half with Dwight Howard getting the free throws in that opened up a 10-point advantage. Even though Anthony Davis was seen struggling, LeBron James and Howard covered it up with 8 and 11 points respectively. If not for Torrey Craig’s contribution at the start and Michael Porter Jr. mindboggling 3-pointers at the end of 3rd, Nuggets wouldn’t have trailed Lakers by just three. With the help of some free throws and three-pointer from Davis, Lakers go up 99-94 with more than six minutes on the clock. Despite Monte Marris and Jamal Murray coming with ways to trim the lead, the Nuggets didn’t score down the stretch without a field goal in the last three minutes. Rajon Rondo was exceptional climbing to 8th in all-time playoff assist list. Anthony Davies finished it off in style as he bucketed two free throws to make it 3-1.
It was all about Jamal Murray for Nuggets who scored 32 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists while no other player crossed the 20-mark. Nikola Jokic was too cold in the second half finishing with 16 points whereas Grant could have done a better job than 17 points, 2 rebounds and an assist. Michael Porter Jr. and Monte Morris were exceptional from the bench with 13 and 12 points each. For Lakers, it was a rounded performance with Anthony Davis shining yet again with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists whereas LeBron James gave 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Dwight Howard and Caldwell-Pope also pitched in with 25 points together and Kuzma’s 10 points was invaluable.
Game 4 statistics:
Top Scorer: Anthony Davis – 34 points
3 pointers: Lakers – 10 (6), Nuggets – 10 (11)
Field Goals: Lakers – 38 (43), Nuggets – 39 (40)
Free Throws: Lakers – 28 (14), Nuggets – 20 (23)
Rebounds: Lakers – 41 (25), Nuggets – 33 (44)
(Figures in brackets are from Game 3)
Lakers vs Nuggets Game 5 odds and predictions:
The Game 5 of the western conference finals of this NBA playoff between the Lakers and Nuggets is scheduled to take place on Saturday night at 9pm local time. Most of the prediction platforms and betting have favored Lakers with just a handful of them picking Nuggets to take game 5.
With that win, Lakers’ chance of making it to the final has increased to 87% and the chance of lifting the NBA title to 21% according to FiveThirtyEight. On the other hand, Nuggets have fallen from 10% chance to just 4% in the matter of 12 hours. Their chances for a turn-around are also at 13% currently.
Lakers vs Nuggets Game 5 odds and predictions: Head-to-head
Unlike the regular season, where Nuggets have posed a challenge to the Lakers in the past, it has been smooth sailing for them when it comes to playoffs. They have won 24 games out of 32 that accounts to 75% success. On the flip side, the Nuggets are looking for a miracle that gets them out of the jail. We don’t know if lightning strikes the same person twice, but Nuggets have come back from 1-3 deficit twice in this playoff against Utah and Clippers which indicates that they still hold an outside chance in this playoff series clash.