Game four of the Western Conference Finals is set for Monday night when the Denver Nuggets visit the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver has one foot in the NBA Finals door, and they could get over a week of rest with a win in this one. Below is my NBA pick for the Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Pick
The Pick: Denver Nuggets +3.5
This game will be played at crypto.com Arena at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023.
Why Bet the Denver Nuggets:
✅ Denver is running right through the West having won five consecutive games.
✅ The Nuggets have won four of their last five games against the Lakers
✅ Los Angeles has lost four of their last five games played.
Denver Nuggets on the Brink of the Finals
Denver is a force to be reckoned with and they are now just one game away from getting to the first NBA Finals in franchise history. The Nuggets second round series was tied at 2-2, but they have gone on to win five consecutive games and if they can push that win streak to six, they will have a crucial eight days of rest before the NBA Finals.
Game three was a wild one that saw one team dominate three quarters and just one quarter be a battle. Denver started as good as they would have hoped as they jumped out to a 12-point first quarter lead. The Lakers fought back and cut the deficit to three points entering the half and slimmed the lead to two points entering the fourth quarter. Denver put their stamp on this series by winning the fourth quarter by nine points and securing the 119-108 victory. An impressive performance by the Nuggets and they will be favorites to win the NBA Finals at this point.
In the game three win, Jamal Murray went off for 37 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists on the night.
The Los Angeles Lakers Cannot Shoot
Los Angeles may be one game away from being eliminated but they have the talent to keep this series going. The Lakers were just a few shots away from taking one, or both, of the games in Denver, and they must keep the hope alive and take it one game at a time. An uphill battle for the NBA’s most famous franchise.
Anthony Davis had a good night with 28 points and 18 rebounds in game three. LeBron James added 23 points, seven rebounds, and 12 assists in the loss.