The Denver Nuggets forced the series back to Denver for Game 6 tonight, Thursday May 10th, and have a chance to deadlock the best-of-seven series at 3-3 against the LA Lakers. NBA oddsmakers have the Nuggets as slim -1.5 point home favorites over the Lakers with the over/under set at 197 points. Be sure to check the Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 6 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
LA (3-2, 1-1 V) missed out on a golden opportunity to put Denver away by losing Game 5, 102-99, at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant went on an offensive onslaught in the fourth quarter as the Lakers rallied from a 15-point deficit in the final frame but fell short when Bryant’s three-pointer to tie in the waning seconds missed. Bryant netted 14 of his 43 points in the fourth-quarter barrage. The 40-point game was the 13th of his career, the fourth most in NBA playoff history. Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 11 rebounds for LA.
Can the Denver big men outplay the L.A. bigs again? JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried combined to score 31 points against the Lakers in Game 5. They hit 14-of-17 shots, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked two shots. L.A. big men Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 25 points. They made 9-of-19 shots, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked four shots. If Faried and McGee play that well in Game 6 tonight, the Nuggets will have a great chance to go back to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Game 7.
History was against Karl’s club before this series even started. Denver and the Lakers had met in the playoffs on five different occasions previously (1979, ’85, ’87, 2008, ’09) with the Lakers advancing each time, most recently defeating the Nuggets 4-2 in the ’09 Western Conference finals en route to the franchise’s last NBA title.
Denver’s (2-3, 1-1 H) JaVale McGee finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks to lead Denver. Andre Miller scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half. “I definitely didn’t want this to be my last game so I went all out,” McGee said. “Andre (Miller) gave us a motivational speech before the game. Tonight I wanted to make a statement that I’m here.”
After the Lakers took the first two games of the set, the Nuggets had to deal with the fact that LA was a gaudy 42-1 in its storied history when taking that kind of lead in a best-of-seven series. “We have got to beat a championship-caliber team with three All-Stars,” Karl said. “Our pressure is the same. The momentum of the series and the pendulum is kind of tilted to us a little bit, but I always believe the team that’s down 3-2 is the one that still feels the pressure.”
The Bottom Line: The Lakers usually rebound with big games after losing. 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 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Denver.
Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
When: Thursday, May 10th@10:30 PM EST
Pick: Lakers +1.5
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