Lakers-Nuggets picks, NBA playoffs best bets: Denver defends home court, but Nikola Jokic's assist numbers dip

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Now that we remain in the thick of the NBA playoffs, the basketball wagering market is hotter than ever. CBS Sports will be offering day-to-day choices throughout of the postseason. Sam Quinn will make a minimum of one choice for each video game in between now and the NBA Finals. All lines thanks to Caesars Sportsbook.

Featured Game | Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

When the Lakers won their last 2 roadway Game 1’s, they did so under particular scenarios that are not likely to duplicate themselves. Ja Morant got injured in Game 1 versus the Grizzlies, and today, the Nuggets are completely healthy. The Lakers had a two-day rest benefit versus the Warriors, however the Nuggets have a one-day rest benefit over the Lakers. This video game will most likely be used a more equal opportunity, other than the Lakers will need to get used to the elevation in Denver. They’ll have other opportunities to win on the roadway in this series, however the Nuggets need to be preferred in Game 1. The Pick: Nuggets -5.5

Denver’s series versus Phoenix was an offending masterclass, and the Nuggets need to have the ability to score conveniently versus any NBA defense. The swing group in this series when it concerns point overalls will be the Lakers, and for the time being, I’m favoring offense in this match. The Lakers made the switch from Jarred Vanderbilt to Dennis Schroder in the beginning 5 in the Golden State series, and while I’d think of Vanderbilt begins versus Denver, the Lakers have actually gradually moved their rotation minutes towards offense as the Warriors series advanced. Schroder and Lonnie Walker are both crucial function gamers at this moment, so till Denver shows it can play a few of Darvin Ham’s lower protectors off of the court, the Lakers will continue to ride the hot hands. The Pick: Over 222.5

Nikola Jokic gets the bulk of his helps based upon his gravity as a scorer. Teams are so scared of him in the post that they send out aid when their overloaded huge guys battle, and Jokic, being amongst the best passers in NBA history, generally penalizes them by discovering the open male in action. The Lakers most likely aren’t going to double Jokic, however. Anthony Davis will be delegated to manage him individually. Whether or not that will suffice remains to be seen. Davis is a much better help-defender than a straight-up post-defender, so Jokic need to still have the ability to get his points, however helps are another matter. The Pick: Jokic Under 9.5 Assists

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