Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Playoffs betting, prediction and trends

The Los Angeles Lakers head to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Saturday night at 8:30 PM ET on ABC. It’s the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Can the Nuggets cover the seven-point spread as home favorites? Keep reading for our Lakers vs. betting odds. Nuggets.

The Los Angeles Lakers went 47-35 in the regular season and are 1-0 straight in the postseason this year. The Lakers are 40-44 ATS this season.

The Denver Nuggets went 57-25 in the regular season and are 0-0 in the postseason this year. The Nuggets are 38-42-2 ATS this season.

Lakers vs Nuggets matchup and betting odds

575 Los Angeles Lakers (+7) and 576 Denver Nuggets (-7); o/h 223.5

8:30 PM ET, Saturday April 20, 2024

Ball Arena, Denver, CO

Television: ABC

Lakers vs. Nuggets public betting information

Our NBA Public Betting Information page indicates that 63% of public bettors currently support the Nuggets when it comes to the spread. However, this information may change throughout the day, so make sure you check the link so you receive the most up-to-date public betting data.

Los Angeles Lakers daily fantasy spin

Lakers star forwards LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (back) are both listed as likely to play against the Nuggets on Saturday night. James leads the team in scoring with 25.7 points per game, while Davis is second on the club with 24.7 points per game in 2024.

Los Angeles forwards Christian Wood (knee), Jarred Vanderbilt (foot), Cam Reddish (ankle) and guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) will all sit out the team’s playoff game against Denver on Saturday night. All three players are averaging less than 7 points per game and less than 21 minutes played per game this season.

Denver Nuggets daily fantasy spin

Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray played well in his team’s 126-111 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday. In his team’s regular season finale, Murray collected a team-high 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Murray ranks second on the club this season with 21.2 points per game.

Denver center Nikola Jokic ended his MVP-caliber campaign with a double-double on the road against Memphis on Sunday. In that game, the Serbian big man scored fifteen points, collected fifteen rebounds, dished out five assists and grabbed four steals. Jokic nearly scored a triple-double in the regular season, while posting 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game in 2024.

Los Angeles is 7-12 ATS with everyone else at a disadvantage this season.

Los Angeles is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against Denver.

Denver is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Denver is 12-8 ATS in playoff games since the start of last season.

Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction:

The Lakers will experience a travel and rest disadvantage in this game. LA had to go to New Orleans on Tuesday for the Play-In Tournament and they will have to play in Denver on Saturday night. The Nuggets haven’t played since Sunday and should be well rested for this game. It’s also worth noting that the Lakers are 20-28 ATS after a win and 19-22 ATS as a road team this season.

A few numbers strengthen Denver’s case. The Nuggets are 5-3 ATS in their last eight games overall and an NBA-best 2-0 ATS when playing with more than four days of rest this season. Additionally, Denver has an average home scoring margin of +9.8 points per game this season, which is the third-best mark in the league. The Nuggets are 8-0 straight in their last eight games against the Lakers and I like them to improve that record emphatically on Saturday night at Ball Arena. In this game, I’m putting the points at home for the defending NBA champions.

Lakers vs. Nuggets Prediction: DENVER NUGGETS -7