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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets: 2024 NBA Playoffs first-round series odds

The Los Angeles Lakers won their game in the Play-In Tournament to set up a first-round matchup with the reigning NBA Champion Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets and Lakers met in last season's Western Conference Finals, where the Nuggets won in a sweep.

These two teams have opposite approaches on offense. The Lakers run-and-gun with one of the fastest paces in the NBA, but the Nuggets prefer to play slower and let Nikola Jokic manipulate opposing defenses to create a high-percentage shot.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets series odds

To Win Series

LA Lakers

+300

DEN Nuggets

-380

Series Correct Score

Score

Lakers to win

Nuggets to win

4-0

+3500

+475

4-1

+2000

+250

4-2

+850

+375

4-3

+900

+375

Series Total Games

Total Games Line

Over

Under

4.5

-700

+425

5.5

-135

-105

6.5

+240

-340

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets playoff history

The Lakers and Nuggets have met in 37 playoff games over eight series beginning with the Western Conference First Round in 1979, where the Kareem-Abdul Jabbar-led Lakers beat the Nuggets 2-1 in the three-game series.

The Lakers hold a 25-12 record over the Nuggets in their playoff meetings. The teams have met in the Western Conference Finals four times - 1985, 2009, 2020 and 2023 - with the Lakers winning the first three of those series.

Denver swept LA in the 2023 Conference Finals thanks to Nikola Jokic averaging a triple-double and Jamal Murray averaging 32.5 points on 40.5 percent three-point shooting.

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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