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Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Los Angeles Lakers head back home in desperate need of a victory, as they prepare for Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets are 2-0 up in the series following back-to-back wins in Denver, and in pole position to win the series and end LeBron James’ hopes of another NBA title.

A return to their home court needs to provide a lift to the Lakers, to offer some real hope of turning the series around.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers betting picks and predictions

Los Angeles Lakers ML -110

There have been five meetings between these two sides this season, with Denver winning all of those to date.

Three of those victories came at the Ball Arena – including the two playoff wins – while Michael Malone’s men have also won two regular season match-ups in LA.

This is a must-win game for the Lakers and their home form this season suggests they can cut the deficit.

LA have won 27 of their 39 games at the Crypto.com Arena and when a game is so crucial, James and Anthony Davis normally step up to the plate.

The big names are going to need to perform at the highest level, especially as the Lakers are without injured duo Christian Wood and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Backup center Jaxson Hayes is likely to have to start again, but it will be all eyes on Lebron to deliver when the Lakers need it.

Anthony Davis over 25.5 points (-115)

Experience and previous successes are often crucial in the playoffs and Anthony Davis brings that to the table for the Lakers.

An NBA champion in 2020 and a nine-time NBA All Star, there are not many in the current day game who bring more to the table than the Lakers center.

Davis has enjoyed individual success against the Nuggets this season, scoring 32 points in the opening two games of the series.

The former Pelicans star also fired 32 in the February defeat to Denver, while also leading the Lakers in the playoff series – with 25 across the opening two games.

At the age of 31, Davis - who averaged 24.7 points in the regular season – will know that time is running out to add another Championship ring to the collection and just how important Game 3 is.

Lakers Team Total Over 111.5 (+130)

If the Lakers are to get back into the series on Saturday, they will need to pile up the points after failing to score over 103 in the opening two games.

Prior to those two losses to the Nuggets, Darvin Ham’s men had scored 110 points or over in their previous nine games – including the 110-106 Play-in success over New Orleans.

On just one occasion in their five meetings this season, the Lakers have scored over 110 points and they will need to exceed that total if they are to make it 2-1.

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Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 3 odds

DEN Nuggets

-105

LA Lakers

-115

Spread

DEN -115

Total Points

O/U 214.5

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 3 player props

Player Points

Nikola Jokic (DEN Nuggets)

O/U 27.5

Jamal Murray (DEN Nuggets)

O/U 23.5

Michael Porter Jr (DEN Nuggets)

O/U 17.5

Anthony Davis (LA Lakers)

O/U 25.5

LeBron James (LA Lakers)

O/U 25.5

D’Angelo Russell (LA Lakers)

O/U 17.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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