The 2020 NBA Western Conference Finals keeps rolling with Lakers-Nuggets Game 4 on Thursday night. Denver picked up a much-needed win in Game 3 thanks to a huge performance from Jamal Murray. But if the Nuggets can’t get an early lead and withstand another furious Los Angeles comeback, Laker-Nuggets Game 4 is going to get out of hand quickly. BetRivers.com is here to provide an extensive Lakers-Nuggets Game 4 betting preview advance of the 8:20 p.m. ET Thursday night tipoff.
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LAKERS-NUGGETS GAME 4 BETTING PREVIEW
- GAME 4: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET, TNT
- MONEYLINE: Lakers -250, Nuggets +205
- SPREAD: Lakers -6 (-110), Nuggets +6 (-110)
- OVER/UNDER: 214.5
- IMPLIED SCORE: Lakers 110.25, Nuggets 104.25
Lakers-Nuggets Game 4 Game Props:
- Nuggets first half total: o52.5 (-108), u52.5 (-124)
- Lakers first half total: o55.5 (-114), u55.5 (-117
- First to 10 points: Lakers -148, Nuggets +108
- First to 20 points: Lakers -157, Nuggets +115
- First to 50 points: Lakers -186, Nuggets +135
- First to 100 points: Lakers -121, Nuggets +100
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If you want to get a sense of just how impressive Denver’s win in Game 3 of the WCF, chew on this: They won without all that much of a sweat on a night where LeBron and Anthony Davis combined for 57 points on 23-40 shooting from the floor. LeBron had a 30-point triple-double. The Lakers, as a team, shot better than 50 percent from the floor and finished the night with fewer turnovers than Denver.
But it was all for naught. That’s how good the Nuggets were in the second and third quarters when they were able to push their lead out to as many as 20 points.
So what happens from here?
Well, Denver is 0-2 in Game 4s in this postseason. They lost to Utah despite getting 50 points from Jamal Murray in the first round, and they lost to the Clippers by double-digits in the second round. The Lakers, on the other hand, have won — and covered — after their two other losses in postseason play, beating the Blazers by 23 points in Game 2 before beating Houston by double-digits in Game 2.
There were two things that really made the difference for Denver on Monday night. For starters, Jerami Grant played out of his mind, finishing with 26 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor. He was significantly better any of the supporting cast for the Lakers. Combine that with the fact that Jamal Murray was, again, incredible — he had 28 points, 12 assists and eight boards, including a ridiculous, step-back three off of a fake-spin in the final minutes to help ice the game — and the Lakers could not overcome it.
This puts LA in a weird spot.
Right now, they are a Mason Plumlee brainfart away from being down 2-1 in this series. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that, over the course of the last six quarters, Denver has been the significantly better team.
At this point, I think that I like the Nuggets plus the points.
I just don’t think that we are going to see the Lakers run away from them on Thursday night, and I say that knowing that the Lakeshow has covered in nine of their 10 wins this postseason.