Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 3 Betting Preview

The Western Conference Finals continue Tuesday night, and is proud to provide an extensive Lakers-Nuggets Game 3 betting preview featuring provide a wide variety of props, odds, analysis and insight on the matchup between Los Angeles and Denver following a thrilling conclusion to Game 2.

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Rob Dauster is back to provide a Lakers-Nuggets Game 3 betting preview with insight on recent trends and analysis on which bets are worth your consideration. Tuesday Specials:

  • Nuggets & Rockies (at SF) both win (+590)
  • Lakers Win by 8.5+ points & both LeBron, Anthony Davis record double-doubles (+510)
  • Lakers & Dodgers (vs. OAK) both win (+445)


  • Game 3, 9:00 p.m. ET. TNT
  • MONEYLINE: Lakers -265, Nuggets +125
  • SPREAD: Lakers -6.5, Nuggets +6.5
  • OVER/UNDER: 214
  • IMPLIED SCORE: Lakers 110, Nuggets 103.5

Sunday night provided us with one of the best endings of an NBA Playoff game that I can remember seeing in recent seasons, as Nikola Jokic went full Super Saiyan before Anthony Davis took advantage of Mason Plumlee falling asleep to bury a game-winner. 

The Nuggets were so close to getting this series to 1-1, and now … they have the Lakers right where they want them down 0-2? That’s what Denver has done through the first two series of the playoffs, so maybe it’s a strategy? I don’t know. 

Either way, the answer for the Nuggets is clear: They are going to need more from their supporting cast. Want to hear one of the most unbelievable stats that I’ve heard in my life? In Game 2, Jamal Murray was +16 while playing more than 44 minutes. That means that in the less-than-four minutes that he was on the bench, Denver was somehow outscored by 18 points

Is that actually possible?

On to this game. 

I think that it is worth noting here that the only game that the Lakers have won in this playoffs without covering was Sunday night’s win. That’s it. They’ve covered in their other nine wins, so if you believe that the Lakers will win, picking them to cover the 6.5 seems like a solid play considering that Bet Rivers if giving you that number at (-110).

That said, the value on the Nuggets moneyline — (+215) — doesn’t have all that much value pregame, and their M.O. this postseason has been digging out of massive early holes. If you want to bet the Nuggets to win, what I would do is wait and see if the Lakers jump out to a lead and then fire at the Nuggets moneyline live.

But if you do think that the Nuggets are going to win, you know it’s going to be because one of their two stars goes nuts. currently has these props up: 

  • Nikola Jokic triple-double (+545)
  • Nikola Jokic top scorer (+460)
  • Jamal Murray top scorer (+380)

Those are worth a look, too.