The Los Angeles Lakers can close out their first-round playoff series on their home floor when they host the Denver Nuggets tonight, Tuesday May 8th, for Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter finals. NBA oddsmakers have the Lakers as -5.5 point home favorites over the Nuggets with the over/under set at 198.5 points. Be sure to check the Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 5 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Denver’s Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 20 points, and Andre Miller had 15. After torching the Lakers for 50 points combined in the previous two games, Ty Lawson was held to 11 points and Nuggets big men Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee weren’t nearly as effective on offence or disruptive defensively as they were in Game 2, when they combined for 28 points and 30 rebounds. Together, they had 14 points and 11 rebounds Sunday.
The Nuggets, who have hung tough since getting blown out in the series opener, face a daunting task of winning three straight, including two at the Staples Center, where they never led in Games 1 and 2. “Losing always gets old. Losing is not fun. I’m not unhappy with my team, I’m not happy with where we’re at, but we still have a series to play,” Karl said. “I don’t think it’s an impossible challenge. I think it’s a great challenge for this young team. For me, I’ve been blessed with having great runs in the playoffs and I think I probably have one or two more left in me in my lifetime. I’d like to see it come this year.”
LA got a 92-88 victory over Denver on Sunday night that put the Nuggets on the brink of elimination. Kobe Bryant had 22 points and Andrew Bynum added 19 to help the Lakers overcome a six-point halftime deficit and take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series that they can wrap up tonight. Sixth-man Jordan Hill had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and recently acquired guard Ramon Sessions and reserve point guard Steve Blake each hit crucial 3-pointers in the final minute as the Lakers broke free.
If the Lakers don’t win tonight, they might be on the road for quite a while. Game 6 would be Thursday in Denver, and if the Lakers won that, they might head directly to Oklahoma City for the next round, which would presumably start Saturday or Sunday. Put it this way: In the playoffs, where rest and recovery are two of the most important concepts, the Lakers don’t want to be away from home any longer than necessary. Or play any more games than needed, obviously. “They know this is a close-out game. They know if we win this game, we don’t have to get on a plane right away and fly to Oklahoma City,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown said.
The Bottom Line: The Lakers will close it out tonight with a hard fought game. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
Under is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings.
Nuggets are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
Nuggets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
Lakers are 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Lakers are 0-9 ATS in their last 9 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers
When: Tuesday, May 8th@10:30 PM EST
Pick: Lakers -5.5
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