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🔥 The Hot Ticket
- The Pick: Nuggets -6 (-110)
- Key Trend: The Lakers are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Denver.
It’s been quite the postseason run for the Lakers as LeBron James chases another ring. While the Lakers have been a popular ATS pick in recent weeks, I’m fading them in this spot.
The Nuggets are a juggernaut right now. Denver has thrived when playing at home where they have a 5-1 record ATS during the 2023 postseason. Out of all the teams remaining in the NBA playoffs, the Nuggets lead the way with 115.8 points-per-game and is shooting 37.9 percent from three (second among remaining NBA playoff teams).
A big reason for the Nuggets’ success has, of course, been the play of Nikola Jokic. Jokic is currently averaging 30.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists while shooting a mind-boggling 47.5 percent from beyond the arc. Obviously, Anthony Davis can alter a fair share of shots, but I just don’t see the Lakers big man being able to slow down Jokic throughout the series. Look for Jokic to dominate (more on that later) and lead the Nuggets to a convincing victory in Game 1.
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