Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets 5-16-23 NBA Analysis, Odds and Picks

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets 5/16/23 – The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Denver Nuggets on Tuesday for Game 1 of their Western Conference Finals best-of-seven series. Los Angeles advanced into this finals after defeating Memphis Grizzlies 4-2 in quarterfinals play and Golden State 4-2 in semifinals series play, respectively. Denver advanced to the Western Conference finals after defeating Minnesota in four games . They then faced Phoenix, who extended the matchup into seven games. Denver eventually prevailed 4-3 before including defeating the Suns 125-100 in the deciding seventh game. Basketball betting lines for this match are updated online and favor the home team to claim the victory.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 8:30 PM ET

Location: Ball Arena Denver, CO


Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets 5/16/23 Betting Odds


Moneyline: +200

Spread: +6 (-100)

Total: 222.5 over (-110)


Moneyline: -240

Spread: -6 (-110)

Total: 222.5 under (-110)

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Analysis

In their last meeting against the Warriors, the Lakers managed to come out victorious by scoring 122-101. LeBron James played an essential part in this game, shooting 52.9% from the floor and dishing out three assists; seeing 39 minutes on court; collecting 9 boards; scoring 25 points on 9 out of 17 shooting.

Los Angeles are currently averaging 117.2 points per outing while shooting 48.2% from the field. The Lakers are hitting 34.6% on 3-point shots and 77.5% of free throw attempts. Los Angeles as a team is currently collecting 45.7 rebounds per contest and ranks 15th overall in terms of passing with 2,072 dimes tossed thus far this year. Turnovers occur 14.1 times every contest, while they commit 17.9 personal fouls per match. On defense, the Lakers have forced 12.6 turnovers per game while accruing 21.5 personal fouls. Their opponents hit 34% of all 3-point attempts against them and they rank 20th overall in PPG allowed. The Lakers defense has allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% and given up 44.9 boards per game as a unit. They currently ranked 15th in basketball for giving away assists to opponents, giving out 2,104 over this campaign.

Last time they faced off against the Suns, the Nuggets scored an emphatic victory of 125-100. Nikola Jokic was essential in leading Denver to victory during this matchup. Jokic scored 32 points over 38 minutes of basketball play and handed out 12 dimes during this contest. He shot 13 out of 18 field goals for a 72.2% field goal percentage and grabbed 10 rebounds during this matchup.

As far as offensive execution goes, the Nuggets rank first in basketball at 50.4% field goal accuracy. Denver has amassed 9,495 points and averages 43 boards per contest this season. They provide assists 28.9 times per game and turn it over 14.5 times. The Nuggets have committed 18.6 fouls per game, connecting on 75.1% from the free throw line. Denver defense has allowed 34.4% of shots from distance and opponents have made 77.5% of their free throw shots. These players have given away 25.7 dimes and 40.8 boards per game, placing them 16th and first respectively among NBA teams. The Nuggets rank 8th in basketball for points allowed per game with 112.5. They are capable of forcing 13.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Against the Spread

LA Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Lakers’ last 6 games. The LA Lakers are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games. The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Lakers’ last 11 games on the road. The LA Lakers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver.

Denver are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games. Denver are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games. The total has gone OVER in 12 of Denver’s last 18 games against the LA Lakers. Denver are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games at home. Denver are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against the LA Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Free Pick

Los Angeles has failed to cover the number on six of their last seven visits to Denver. Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr will prove too much for Los Angeles’ defense to handle. Due to Denver’s altitude advantage, more Lakers bench players will see action than usual at altitude and this should favor Denver. Take the Nuggets as they are predicted to win here by the basketball betting tips by the experts.

Free Pick: Denver Nuggets -6 (-110)