The Denver Nuggets pulled off a slice of NBA history as they completed their second 3-1 comeback with a dominating Game 7 win over the heavily-favored Los Angeles Clippers. Powered by Jamal Murray’s scoring and a triple-double by Nikola Jokic, Denver punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals against all odds.
But waiting for the Nuggets are the team with the best record in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers. Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers won both of their first two playoff series in five games.
Colorado sportsbooks have installed the Lakers as the prohibitive favorite, with Denver playing the role of significant underdog. Sportsbooks list the Lakers’ odds from -600 at BetMonarch to -750 at FanDuel. That’s right; you’ll need to wager $750 to win $100 at FanDuel.
For those who believe in Denver, the odds are much more palatable. The Nuggets’ odds are the lowest at DraftKings, FoxBet, BetRivers, and BetMonarch. All four sites list Denver at +450. The best odds rest at BetMGM at +500.
DraftKings BetBoost Promo for the Nuggets
The good people at DraftKings are offering a bet boost to 10-1 on the Nuggets beating the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. Instead of getting +450 on your wager, as it stands currently on DraftKings Sportsbook, the site will allow one $10 maximum bet at +1000 on Denver.
All you need to do is select the boost on your ticket before placing the $10 wager with DraftKings. All Colorado users are allowed one qualifying bet before the series kicks off on Friday night at 7:15 MDT.
Why the Sportsbooks Like the Lakers to Win Series
The biggest reason the sportsbooks love the Lakers to defeat the Nuggets is Los Angeles’ offensive attack around the rim. While the Clippers and Utah Jazz couldn’t exploit the Nuggets’ defensive weakness in the paint, the Lakers are built to take advantage.
The Lakers led the NBA in scoring from the restricted area, averaging 22 buckets per game. Lakers center Davis will be tough to defend, whether through the pick-and-roll or via the fastbreak.
And although James might be long in the tooth, he still has an argument for being the best two-way player in the game.
The Nuggets need to bolster their interior defense and hope Jokic and Murray rise to the moment. Denver lost three of four games to LA during the 2019-20 campaign.
During the regular season, Jokic struggled against the Lakers. The center scored just 16.3 ppg with only 5.8 rebounds during his four matchups against Los Angeles. He’ll need to be much better during the series for the Nuggets to pull off the upset.
Murray was slightly better against the Lakers this season but lacked accuracy from beyond the arc. Jamal scored 18.5 ppg versus LA, but only shot 15.8% from 3-point range.
Three Interesting Bets to Consider for the Lakers vs. Nuggets Series
DraftKings – Over 5.5 Games in Series (+100)
Although most sportsbooks suggest this series will go under six games, DraftKings offers even money on the contrarian side.
It is easy to think that two straight seven-game series will leave the Nuggets with little in the tank. But Denver’s top twosome of Murray and Jokic could steer the club to at least two wins in this series.
The Nuggets will rely on Jokic’s ability to stretch the floor, hit threes, and dominate the glass. Although Murray was relatively quiet during the Clippers series, the guard exploded for 40 points in Game 7. Denver needs Murray to put together another package of outstanding performances to push the Lakers beyond five games.
BetMGM – Series Ends in Six Games (+260)
Piggybacking off the last prop bet, BetMGM offers solid odds on the series ending in six games. Whether you believe that Denver has what it takes to win the series, if they push it to six, there’s a 2.5-1 payoff waiting at the sportsbook.
Other potential BetMGM wagers to make here include the series ending at five games (+200) and seven games (+350).
For this bet, it is wise to consider the winner first and then determine how far you think the losing team can push the series.
FoxBet – Nuggets Win In Seven Games (+1000)
While the odds are certainly stacked against another seven-game masterpiece, if the Nuggets could win a third series in seven, the folks at FoxBet offer a handsome payout. Yes, it is a safer bet to take the Nuggets moneyline to win the series. But if they can defy the odds and stretch this series out, this wager could provide plenty of walkaround money for your pockets.
Again, this series will come down to the performance of the team’s stars. If the Nuggets’ dynamic duo sneak an early game or two, we could be store for another rollercoaster ride at the betting window.