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The Denver Nuggets will take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Can Anthony Davis put up points on Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets?
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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Prop Pick: Can Anthony Davis Find Success Against Nuggets in Game 1?

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets will clash from the Mile High City on Saturday night.

Lakers vs. Nuggets Date, Time, and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 20, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ABC

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction

This will be a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals.

The Nuggets swept the Lakers on their way to the finals a year ago.

Despite being swept, Los Angeles was competitive in all four games, and feels they have a chance to pull off the upset in this series.

Anytime you have LeBron James and Anthony Davis on your team, you can win.

Denver comes into this series as a heavy favorite.

The Nuggets are -310 to win the series.

No team is more heavily favored in round one.

Denver begins this contest with a record of 57-25.

The Nuggets tied the Thunder for the best record in the West, but the Thunder controlled the tiebreaker.

This Nuggets team knows what it takes to win to earn their second consecutive Championship.

The season series was all Denver as they swept the Lakers 3-0.

The Nuggets went 3-0 ATS in those games.

Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets with 26.4 points, 12.4 assists, and 9.0 rebounds.

Jokic is the favorite to win his third MVP this year.

Jamal Murray has averaged 21.2 points and 6.5 assists per game.

Michael Porter Jr. is one of the Nuggets' biggest threats from beyond the arc. Porter Jr. leads the team with 16.7 points and 7 rebounds.

The Nuggets offense has scored 114.9 points per game.

The Lakers have a tall task at hand.

Los Angeles feels good about their recent play.

The Lakers won a thriller over the Pelicans on Tuesday night.

LeBron James was the star of that game, but D'Angelo Russell hit a late three to seal the deal.

James leads the Lakers with 25.7 points per game and a team-high 8.3 assists.

Anthony Davis will need to step up in this series. Davis averaged 24.7 points and 12.6 rebounds. AD was held to 20 points vs. the Pelicans.

D'Angelo Russell has added 18.0 points and 6.3 assists.

The Lakers offense has averaged 118.0 points per game.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Pick

Davis is due for a strong performance after a poor showing vs. the Pelicans.

AD has an advantage over Jokic or whoever the Nuggets put on him.

Davis has averaged 23.8 points per game vs. the Nuggets.

He will have a similar performance tonight.

Pick: Anthony Davis over 23.5 points (-120) Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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