Great offense takes on great defense in Denver for the Lakers-Nuggets Game 1 matchup.
Coming off an impressive Game 6 victory in Phoenix, the Nuggets look like the best team remaining.
However, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have shut down fantastic offensive teams in Memphis and Golden State.
This is an interesting series to say the least, so let’s break down the best picks for Game 1.
All odds, lines, and spreads are provided courtesy of BetMGM.
Best Picks for Lakers-Nuggets Game 1
Nuggets -6.5, -105
This line is higher than expected, but it’s not unreasonable.
Denver was the No. 1 seed for a reason, and they have undoubtedly been the best team throughout the playoffs.
The Nuggets also have yet to lose at home this postseason, so it’s hard to believe they will allow LA to come and take home court, especially in Game 1.
Expect Denver to come out scorching hot and hold a lead for most of this game.
Over 222.5, -115
Even though the Lakers are stellar on defense, the Nuggets are just as good offensively.
If LA wants a chance to win this game, they will have to get going early on the offensive end.
Denver plays fast, efficient basketball that LA will have a hard time slowing down with their poor transition defense.
D’Angelo Russell OVER 14.5 Points, -125
The Lakers will compete in this game, and they need Russell to perform in order to do so.
He’s had an inconsistent stretch in the playoffs, but Game 1 will provide him with the opportunity to start fresh in this series.
Expect the Lakers to match Denver offensively as they have the firepower and experience to make this competitive.
Russell will play a key role in determining the winner of this series, and he should be able to step up his game on this stage.
Parlay of the Game for Lakers-Nuggets Game 1
Nikola Jokic UNDER 10.5 Assists,
Jamal Murray OVER 22.5 Points,
This parlay is all Denver-related, and it has a great chance of hitting.
It’s a safe parlay compared to some previous ones, and there are some solid reasons why it’s safe.
Nikola Jokic hasn’t hit the over on this number in the first two games of either series so far.
Jamal Murray has had a few ups and downs in the playoffs, but he primarily plays better basketball at home.
They both consistently elevate their scoring in the playoffs as well.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic are the two biggest playoff risers in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/sHtfd3adTA
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) May 16, 2023
Factor these together and you have a recipe for a Denver Nuggets victory.
Free Picks for Lakers-Nuggets Game 1
In addition to the Best Picks and the Parlay of the Game, here are a few more free picks with great value before Game 1.
Michael Porter Jr. to Score 20+ Points, +205
Nuggets to Score Over 117.5, +135
Anthony Davis OVER 3.5 Steals+Blocks, -105
Aaron Gordon First FG, +1200
Lonnie Walker UNDER 8.5 Points, -110
Game 1 will be at 5:30 Pacific Time (8:30 ET) Tuesday night on ESPN.