Edwards likes Nuggets -3 in Game 4 at L.A. Lakers

Edwards likes Nuggets -3 in Game 4 at L.A. Lakers

Denver (60-25 straight up, 40-44-1 against the spread) has won 11 consecutive head-to-head meetings over the Los Angeles Lakers, going 7-1 ATS in the last eight encounters. Even with the Lakers racing out to a 33-23 lead at the end of the first quarter in Thursday’s Game 3 and leading by four at halftime, the Nuggets had taken a double-digit advantage with more than two minutes left in the third quarter.

From there, Mike Malone’s team coasted to a 112-105 win as a 1.5-point road underdog to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Aaron Gordon led the winners with 29 points, 15 rebounds and three assists on 12-of-18 shooting from the field.

Nikola Jokic added 24 points, 15 boards, nine assists and one steal, while Jamal Murray contributed 22 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. added 20 points, 10 boards and three assists.

Denver enjoyed a 51-38 rebounding advantage in Game 3. The Nuggets have now limited the Lakers, who average 118.0 points per game, to scoring outputs of 103, 99 and 105 points in this best-of-seven series.

These teams have now met in Tinseltown at Crypto.com Arena three times this season, with the Nuggets winning those games by margins of 8, 10 and 7 points.

Denver won Game 3 easily despite shooting an abysmal 5-of-28 from 3-point land (18%). That just illustrates how much the Nuggets own the Lakers these days.

At his post-game presser last night, LeBron James revealed this gem of a quote: “At the end of the day, it’s just basketball.”

In one sequence during the second half, Taurean Prince set an on-ball screen for James, who moments later dribble the ball off his knee and out of bounds.

After the play, he raised his right arm looking at Prince in frustration as if Prince had caused him to dribble it off his knee.

Does that appear or sound like a guy ready to hit Cancun next week, or what?

PREDICTION: Nuggets -3. 

BONUS PLAY: Nuggets +210 to win the NBA Finals. We’re obviously not getting the best of the number here. However, barring a significant injury (Murray or Joker), I’ve seen enough of these NBA Playoffs already to feel supremely confident that Denver is going to repeat.