The Los Angeles Lakers had some time off after dispatching the Houston Rockets in just five games in the Western Conference semifinals. Los Angeles did not show any rust in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, beating the Denver Nuggets by a score of 126-114.
Denver advanced to the Western Conference Finals by pulling off a pair of 3-1 comebacks, with the second one coming against the LA Clippers. Most experts predicted that it would be the Lakers and Clippers in the Western Conference Finals, but the Nuggets ruined that.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James once again led the way for the Los Angeles Lakers in the series opener. Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds in the series opener and played terrific defense against Nikola Jokic.
LeBron James only scored 15 points in the win, but he still found ways to dominate the game. LeBron had 12 assists in the victory, and he powered a strong third-quarter run for the Lakers.
Game 2 takes place on Sunday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers are listed as 7.5-point favorites in that game. The Lakers were also 7.5 point favorites in Game 1 and covered the spread with the 12-point victory.
Series Prices Favor the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers were huge favorites to win the Western Conference Finals before the series began, and they became bigger favorites after winning Game 1. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Los Angeles Lakers at -1800 to win the series, while the Denver Nuggets are sitting at +880.
In fact, FanDuel likes the Lakers’ chances to sweep the Nuggets in this series, as that is the outcome with the best odds. The Los Angeles Lakers to win the series 4-0 is listed at +185 at FanDuel.
Can Celtics Win the East?
Even though the Miami Heat holds a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, they still aren’t huge favorites. Boston was the favorite entering this series, and sportsbooks still give them a chance to come back.
Miami is the favorite to win the Eastern Conference Finals at -142, but the Boston Celtics are listed at +116. According to FanDuel Sportsbooks, the most probable outcome is this series going to seven games with odds of +250.
Lakers Still Title Favorites
Along with being huge favorites to win the Western Conference, the Lakers are also big betting favorites to win the NBA Championship. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Los Angeles Lakers at -300 to come away with the title this season.
The Miami Heat are now second on the list to win the NBA Championship after taking a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics. Miami is listed at +400 to win the title, and the Boston Celtics are listed at +1000.
The Denver Nuggets are fourth on the list with odds currently set at +1800. If the Nuggets lose Game 2 against the Lakers, then those odds will drop significantly.