On May 19, the second game of the 1/2 final of the NBA playoffs “Denver Nuggets” – “Los Angeles Lakers” will take place. The game starts at 3:30 Moscow time. The bookmakers have already given a forecast, they consider the hosts to be the favorites: you can bet that the Nuggets will win in regulation time with a coefficient of 1.48. The success of the Lakers is estimated by experts at 2.75.
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NBA Playoffs Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers odds May 19, 2023
The bookies are sure that the second game of the NBA 1/2 final of the NBA playoffs Denver Nuggets – Los Angeles Lakers will be productive: the total of more than 225.5 points is worth 1.75 and the total of less than 225.5 points is worth 2.05. You can bet that the Lakers will reach the semifinals at odds of 3.15.
Analysis and prediction for the game of the 1/2 final of the NBA playoffs “Denver Nuggets” – “Los Angeles Lakers” (05/19/2023)
The NBA playoffs are in full swing. The second match of the 1/2 final is scheduled for May 19. The Denver Nuggets will host the Los Angeles Lakers at the Ball Arena in Denver. The game starts at 3:30 Moscow time.
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In the first game, Denver won with a score of 132:126. As expected, the protagonist of the meeting was Nikola Jokic. The star center “Nuggets” made the result in the first half. He finished with a triple-double with 34 points, 14 assists and 21 rebounds.
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Serbian basketball player creates something unimaginable. He averaged 31 points, 10.1 assists and 13.5 rebounds per game in the current NBA playoffs. A triple-double against the Lakers was Jokic’s fourth in his last five games. Phenomenal!
Jokic has three triple-doubles left in this playoff to beat the record set by the legendary Chamberlain. Wilt had seven playoff triple-doubles in 1967. Nikola has five of them in the current draw.
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The Lakers defense, which is one of the most reliable in the NBA, could not oppose anything to Jokic. The Serb regularly beat star Anthony Davis and scored second chance points. Can Los Angeles head coach Darwin Ham find a way to contain Nicola?
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Before the series, Ham joked that his team would try to trap Jokic out of the house and rob him. Now it no longer sounds ironic. One gets the impression that there is simply no other way to stop the Serb. Excellent help in attacking Nicole are Jamal Murray and Michael Porter.
The variability of the Nuggets’ attack confuses the Lakers’ cards. “Los Angeles” completely failed the game under its own shield in the first match. This problem had bothered him before, but the opponents lacked attack power to take full advantage of this deficiency. But Denver has enough.
On the other hand, the Lakers have to be given credit for the fact that, having completely failed the first half of the game, they managed to come back and reignite the intrigue. Although this is also due to the fact that Denver’s mentor, Mike Malone, decided to put Jokic on the bench so that the star center could gain strength and finish off the rival at the end.
One way or another, the most productive Lakers players were the aforementioned Anthony Davis and the famous LeBron James. The center-back scored 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The forward scored 26 points, nine assists and 12 rebounds.
In the end, LeBron had a great chance to equalize and try to turn the tide of the match, but he missed. After the loss, James claimed that it took his team half the game to get into a rhythm. In his opinion, this was the determining factor.
The Lakers had a moment where they managed to shut down Nikola Jokic and make a powerful comeback, showing character. However, it is far from clear that in other games the Los Angeles defense can stop the unusual Serbian goalscorer. We believe that in the next game he will please again with his performance. It’s very possible that he issues another triple-double.
Recently, Jokic has been actively compared to LeBron James. Nicola himself pointed out that he was happy to be compared to one of the best basketball players in history. However, the Serb also admitted that he doesn’t look much like the Lakers’ star forward. He noted that they have a different influence on the game.
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Statistics show that in this component, James loses to Jokic. Serbian triple-doubles have the biggest impact on team wins of any player in the league. By the way, LeBron is last on this list.
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We suggest checking IT1B 111.5 points for a coefficient of 1.80. As in the first game, “Denver” gives a great advantage that the meeting will take place in the “Ball Arena”. At home, the Nuggets have lost just seven games this season (all in the regular season).
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Denver showed some great basketball in the first game. The unstoppable Jokic turned on again. Yes, for some time now the reliable defense of the Lakers managed to appease the ardor of the Serb, but it is not a fact that it will result in other games. Yes, the Lakers have a lot of skilled players. Davis and LeBron James will surely score a lot of points again and try to turn the tide of a series that started badly. But can they get past Jokic? Good question.
Tender: Denver’s individual total over 115.5 points for 1.80.
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