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Nuggets Lakers Betting Tips – Lakers Edge Nuggets In Wild Game 7

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/11/2012 3:19:41 PM

Just when online betting sharps through the Lakers-Nuggets series was over, Los Angeles decided to open their mouths instead of playing and that sparked Denver to a couple of big wins to send the series to a seventh game. Expect the Lakers to wake up and play like the team that should have ended this series in five games.

What: NBA Betting
When: Saturday, May 12th, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Pick: Los Angeles Lakers

Why Bet On Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets were a team of quick starters in Game 6’s 113-96 victory at the Pepsi Center, coming out with a 10-point lead in the first quarter, and then outscoring the Lakers by 13 in the third period after halftime. Ty Lawson had a huge game with 32 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Corey Brewer dropped 18 points off the bench and Kenneth Faried added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 51.2% from the field, they hit half of their 20 three-point attempts and that all made up for a terrible 9-of-17 performance at the charity stripe. Outside of their free-throw shooting, the Nuggets dominated every single aspect of this game and simply outplayed the Lakers from the opening tip, and they never took their foot off their opponent’s throat, which is what you need to do in the playoffs.

It was even more impressive that the Nuggets played this way with the distraction of Chris Andersen being investigated for legal troubles, but he hasn’t played yet in the series anyway and the Nuggets simply excused him to deal with his issues.  Denver doesn’t need anything standing in its way right now, especially not off-court drama, because the reason they’ve been able to play so well over the last two games is a singular focus of winning and nothing else. They’ll need to maintain that focus for this massive Game 7 on the road in Los Angeles.

Why Bet On Los Angeles Lakers

The last two games haven’t been a ringing endorsement of why an NBA betting sharp should wager on the Lakers as they’ve played with no life whatsoever, especially for a team that was on the cusp of moving on to the next round. Kobe Bryant almost missed Game 6 with a stomach problem, yet he was the only Laker that played with any intensity and ended up scoring a team-high 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting. Andrew Bynum, whose words motivated the Nuggets to a Game 5 win, grabbed 16 rebounds and had four blocks, but was just 4-of-11 from the field for 11 points and Pau Gasol should have just stayed home, hitting one of his 10 field-goal attempts and finishing with three points and three rebounds. The bench players were outscored 40-27, and it was an all-around poor performance for the Lakers.

The Lakers will have Metta World Peace back in the lineup after his suspension for an elbow to the head of Oklahoma City’s James Harden at the conclusion of the regular season, and hopefully he can inject the team with some emotion because there was none in Game 5 and 6, particularly in the latter where the Lakers came out flat and really didn’t move out of second gear. The big men were listless on the offensive end of the court and it may have been the worst game of Gasol’s career. It’s games like these Bryant can point to and ask why he should shoot less if Gasol is going to be as soft as he was in Game 6, and he didn’t even try to add anything on the glass or in another aspect of the game. The Lakers have been the most enigmatic championship-contending team of the season and this game did no favors for NBA betting sharps looking to lay a little on them.

How Will It Play Out

The Lakers are favored by six points to take this Game 7 at the Staples Center, which should have been the burial ground of the Nuggets in Game 5 if not for Bynum’s “arrogant” comments (a quote from Denver players). Los Angeles is the more talented team, but you need more than talent to win in the playoffs and the Lakers have been outworked in Games 5 and 6 by the Nuggets, who are scrappy and refuse to roll over for them.

Los Angeles has to play with more energy and heart to win this Game 7 and the re-introduction of World Peace (which is now the most ironic name in sports after the Harden incident) into the lineup could be a spark for the Lakers, who just have to go out and play like they want it. Gasol is the key; if he plays with passion, it usually bodes well for the Lakers and he should be fired up after taking a lot of criticism between Games 6 and 7. We’d stay away from the spread, but take the Lakers straight up in your sports betting picks.

Nuggets Lakers Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers

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