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Here's all the betting info you need for the star-studded clash.
The Lakers garnered some early support from the market. They opened as 6.5-point favorites but got a slight bump up to -7, where the number remains as of Friday afternoon.
The total's been slowly dropping after opening at 212. If the number sticks at 210.5, it'd be the lowest total for a Lakers game this postseason and the second-lowest for the Nuggets.
This is a prime opportunity for Denver to steal one right off the bat. LeBron James-led teams have dropped six of their last seven playoff openers, including the last two.
The Lakers have two members of the All-NBA first team (James and Anthony Davis), but the Nuggets' tandem of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic is absolutely rolling. Murray closed out the second-round win over the Los Angeles Clippers with a 40-burger and is averaging better than 27 points per game in the postseason. Meanwhile, Jokic has recorded nine double-doubles in 14 contests to go along with 25.3 points per game.
Additionally, Denver as a team is on a roll, covering five of its last six contests overall.
James and Co. have struggled out of the gates, but the Lakers should smell blood in the water. Although the Nuggets deserve respect from the public, this is a far inferior opponent from what L.A. has seen so far.
Denver is the worst team of the final four standing, and it's not exactly close.
This isn't a spot where I'd sell Los Angeles' offense. The Lakers could go berserk against a defense potentially gassed after playing back-to-back seven-game series.
What's interesting is L.A.'s offense improved in every meeting against the Nuggets during the regular season. The Lakers shot 46.9% from the field in the first matchup, 50% in the second, and 54.3% in the third.
(Odds source: theScore Bet)
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.