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MARQUEE MATCHUP

May 18, 2023

Lakers (+175 ML) @ Nuggets -5.5 (-210 ML); Total 227

TIP-OFF: 8:30 p.m. ET

KEY STATS: Nuggets have turned the ball over 10.6 times this postseason, which is the fewest of all 16 teams. LeBron James’ scoring is 5.3 PPG lower in the playoffs than his regular season average despite playing more minutes.

TRENDING: Lakers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games coming off a loss, and the over has hit at a 12-3-1 rate in their last 16 road contests. The Nuggets have covered in seven of their last nine home contests, with the under hitting in eight of their previous 11 in Denver.

MAKING MOVES: The spread has not budged from Nuggets -5.5. The total has shifted, though. It’s gone from 226 to 227, with 72% of the handle on the over.

TOP PROP: D’Angelo Russell played only 26 minutes in Game 1, his fewest minutes in any game this postseason. Clients are heavy on Russell under 13.5 points, as it’s drawn more handle than any other player prop.

NEW TITLE FAVORITES: Ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 in Denver, the Nuggets were priced at +250 to win it all while the Celtics were +100. Now the Nuggets are on top at +145, just edging out Boston at +150.