Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets look to get one back from the Los Angeles Lakers as they get set for Game 3 tonight. The Nuggets are -4 point favorites over the Lakers with an over/under point total set at 204.
After taking the first game of the series by 103-88, the Lakers were set for a tougher contest from the Nuggets in game two and that’s exactly what they got, as Ty Lawson scored 25 points and seven assists to lead six Nuggets in double figures in scoring. However, the problem was that Lawson just didn’t receive enough support from other scorers like Danilo Gallinari, Arron Afflalo and Andre Miller who combined for just 24 points on nine of 34 shooting. On the bright side, the loss came with its positives as the Nuggets showed glimpses of how dangerous they can be as they unleashed their running game and reduced a 19-point deficit to four late in the game.
As for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was sensational once again, scoring 38 points on 15 on 29 shooting, while Andrew Bynum added 27 points and nine rebounds against the undersized Nuggets. However, I think people are not giving Pau Gasol the praise he deserves, as he never demanded the ball, but still managed to put together solid numbers of 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
While the Lakers will be satisfied with a 2-0 series lead going into Denver, game three will provide a totally different challenge, because the Nuggets are beginning to look threatening and can certainly win tonight if they get more out of Afflalo and Gallinari. In front of a parochial home crowd, I actually think that the Nuggets have a real good chance to win tonight, but I just can’t resist taking the Lakers with the points in this one. Based on value, I’m taking the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers +4 Denver Nuggets