The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Pepsi Center for the third game of the Western Conference Finals.
Oddsmakers currently have the Nuggets listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the game’s total is sitting at 211½.
The Nuggets outscored the Lakers in the final quarter Thursday night and came away with a 106-103 victory in Game 2 as they evened the series at a game apiece.
The Nuggets won that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the combined 209 points went UNDER the posted total of 212.5.
Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with a game-high 34 points and nine rebounds. Chauncey Billups chipped in with 27 points in the win.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points and five rebounds.
Los Angeles: 65-17 SU, 42-39-1 ATS
Denver: 54-28 SU, 45-36-1 ATS
Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 10-0
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1
Denver most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 9 games when playing Denver
LA Lakers are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games when playing Denver
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Denver is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Denver is 11-0-1 ATS in its last 12 games
LA Lakers at Denver, Monday, May 25
Denver home to LA Lakers, Monday, May 25