After Games 1 and 2 in Denver, the Nuggets are up 2-0 in series and remain undefeated at home
The Western Conference Finals are heading to a known path. At least known by the Denver Nuggets fans. So far in this Playoffs they haven’t lost a single game at home. And having the best record in the West, they always play Games 1 and 2 at home. For the third time in the playoffs, the Nuggets win Game 2 at home and double the advantage to 2-0 before playing on the road.
However, last night was maybe one of their most difficult challenges so far. They were trailing by five points at halftime when the Lakers went back to the locker room winning 53-48. The Nuggets came back stronger for the second half, won both of the last two quarters and closed Game 2 with a 108-103 win.
Now the series is heading to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. Denver will have the chance to sweep the opponents in the series with two victories on the road. The Lakers, on the other hand, rely on the home factor to tie the series before coming back to Denver for Game 5.
Nikola Jokić, of course, had another triple-double. LeBron James, once again, finished the game with a near triple-double, only missing one rebound. And Jamal Murray was the man of the match with a 37-point double-double. Check out the numbers.
- Jamal Murray – 37 PTS/10 REB/5 AST
- Nikola Jokić – 23 PTS/17 REB/12 AST
- Michael Porter Jr. – 16 PTS/7 REB
Los Angeles Lakers
- LeBron James – 22 PTS/9 REB/10 AST
- Austin Reaves – 22 PTS/5 AST
- Rui Hachimura – 21 PTS
- Anthony Davis – 18 PTS/14 REB
The players had better numbers than the game in general. We missed a few lines by one point and hit a few others in the player prop market. Check out the outcome of our predictions from last night.
- DEN Nuggets -5.5 (DEN won by 5)
- Over 226.5 points (211 points)
- Nikola Jokić over 13.5 rebounds (17 rebounds)
- Michael Porter Jr. over 2.5 three-pointers (4 three-pointers)
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over 10.5 points (8 points)
- Anthony Davis over 12.5 rebounds (14 rebounds)
- LeBron James over 41.5 points, rebounds and assists (22 PTS/9 REB/10 AST = 41 total)
- Nikola Jokić doesn’t have a triple-double (23 PTS/17 REB/12 AST)
- LA Lakers under 110.5 points (103 points)
- LeBron James to score 40+ points (22 points)