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Lakers Nuggets Game 1 Betting

Denver NuggetsLos Angeles Lakers
April 29, 3:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

38-28TEAM RECORD41-25

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will hit the floor on Sunday afternoon as they open their first-round NBA playoff betting series at the Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets.

Supporters of the Nuggets have seen them go 38-28 and 36-30 ATS so far this season, while the Lakers are at 41-25 and 27-39 ATS. In totals betting, the Lakers are 37-29, while the Nuggets are 32-33-1.

View Denver vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 4.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including BetOnline) while the total was hovering around 202.5 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 17-rated Nuggets taking on the No. 7-rated Lakers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 103-101 win for the Nuggets on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 97.3 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 29 at 101.2 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.7% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.6% per game.

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 103.2 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Denver, they were a 131-102 winner as they battled the Timberwolves on the road. The Nuggets covered in the match as an 8-point favorite, while 233 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The battle between the Nuggets and Timberwolves didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Minnesota was handed a 131-102 defeat on Thursday at Target Center.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 113-96 loser on the road against the Kings. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Lakers got 16 points from Josh McRoberts, but it was Sacramento that prevailed in a 113-96 final on Thursday at Power Balance Pavilion.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 8-2
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Nuggets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Denver's last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Denver is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 8 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
LA Lakers are 19-4 SU in their last 23 games when playing at home against Denver

Next up:
Denver at LA Lakers, Tuesday, May 1
LA Lakers home to Denver, Tuesday, May 1