The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at STAPLES Center for the second game of the Western Conference Finals.
Oddsmakers currently have the Lakers listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Nuggets, while the game’s total is sitting at 211.
The Lakers scored 31 points in the fourth quarter to come back and defeat the Nuggets 105-103 in Game 1 on Tuesday.
The Lakers failed to cover the 7-point spread in that contest, and the 208 points fell UNDER the posted total of 214.
Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 40 points to lead the Lakers, and grabbed six rebounds in the win.
Carmelo Anthony dropped 39 points to go with six rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Denver: 54-28 SU, 45-36-1 ATS
Los Angeles: 65-17 SU, 42-39-1 ATS
Denver most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 9-1
After playing Denver are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few trends to consider:
Denver is 10-0-1 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing LA Lakers
Denver is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
LA Lakers are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games at home
LA Lakers are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games when playing Denver
Denver home to LA Lakers, Saturday, May 23
LA Lakers at Denver, Saturday, May 23