Lakers vs Nuggets Game 5 NBA Preview (4/29/24): Odds, Prediction, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on April 29, 2024
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The Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to play against the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs at 10:00 p.m. ET today. The game will take place at Ball Arena in Denver and will be broadcast on TNT. NBA betting odds have set the point spread at -7.5 in favor of the Nuggets, with an over/under of 216.5. This matchup is a key event for NBA bettors and fans alike, offering insights into the Western Conference’s competitive landscape. A win tonight by the Nuggets will end the series as they lead the Lakers 3-1.

Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 5 odds

The NBA betting odds for the Lakers vs. Nuggets game show the Nuggets as favorites on various sportsbooks. DraftKings set the Nuggets at -305 on the moneyline and a point spread of -7.5, with an over/under of 216.5. FanDuel and Caesars offer slightly different odds, but all indicate a favor towards the Nuggets. The odds are crucial for NBA bettors looking to make informed decisions on this matchup at Ohio online sportsbooks.

  • Bet365: Nuggets -7.0, over/under 216.5
  • BetMGM: Nuggets -7.5, over/under 216.5
  • Caesars: Nuggets -7.0, over/under 216.5
  • BetRivers: Nuggets -7.5, over/under 217

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Nuggets vs Lakers.

Lakers vs Nuggets Game 5 prediction

For the first time in 11 games, LeBron James and the Lakers beat the Nuggets. The win on Saturday night in LA kept the series alive, but that’ll be shortlived. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets will close out this series tonight in Denver.

Look for Denver to come out with more intensity on the defensive side of the ball and do a better job on the defensive glass. A better shooting performance by Denver certainly wouldn’t hurt, especially from Jamal Murray. But the Nuggets will play off the home atmosphere at Ball Arena and end the Lakers’ season.

Lakers vs Nuggets prediction: Nuggets -7.5

Lakers vs Nuggets Game 5 projected starting lineups

LA Lakers projected starting lineup tonight

  • PG: D’Angelo Russell
  • SG: Austin Reaves
  • SF: Rui Hachimura
  • PF: LeBron James (game-time decision)
  • C: Anthony Davis (game-time decision)

Denver Nuggets projected starting lineup tonight

  • PG: Jamal Murray (game-time decision)
  • SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • SF: Michael Porter Jr.
  • PF: Aaron Gordon
  • C: Nikola Jokic

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Lakers vs Nuggets injuries for Game 5 tonight

Lakers: Cam Reddish (SF) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (PG) are out with ankle and back injuries, respectively. Anthony Davis (C) and LeBron James (SF) are probable, dealing with wrist and ankle issues. Jarred Vanderbilt (SF) is questionable due to a foot injury.

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar (SF) is out with a knee injury. Jamal Murray (PG) is questionable with a calf strain, while Reggie Jackson (PG) is probable with an ankle issue.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s Game 5

Despite losing Game 4 and not closing out the series, the Nuggets still have a commanding hold on the Lakers with a 3-1 lead, including a Nuggets victory in Game 3 last week. A win tonight by Denver will allow the Nuggets to advance to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Los Angeles Lakers Team Stats and Standings

The Los Angeles Lakers finished the regular season with a record of 47-35, for seventh in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division. Their recent game against the Denver Nuggets ended with a victory, showcasing their competitive edge as they head into the upcoming match. Season stats include:

  • Points per game: 118.0
  • Points allowed per game: 117.4
  • FG%: 49.9
  • 3PT%: 37.7
  • Assists per game: 28.5
  • Rebounds per game: 43.1

Denver Nuggets Team Stats and Standings

The Denver Nuggets stand out with 57-25, securing the second spot in the Western Conference and second in the Northwest Division. Their performance against the Lakers in their last game reflects their strong position, influencing NBA betting odds despite the loss. Key season statistics are:

  • Points per game: 114.8
  • Points allowed per game: 109.6
  • FG%: 49.6
  • 3PT%: 37.4
  • Assists per game: 29.5
  • Rebounds per game: 44.4

Player stats for Lakers vs. Nuggets before Game 5

As the Lakers and Nuggets prepare for Game 5, NBA betting odds enthusiasts are closely analyzing key players’ performances. Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic, both team leaders, have shown exceptional skills that could significantly impact the game’s outcome.

Lakers leaders ahead of tonight’s Game 5

The Lakers’ recent game showcased Anthony Davis’ dominance on the court with a significant double-double. LeBron James also contributed impressively, highlighting their potential impact against the Nuggets.

  • LeBron James (SF): 30 PTS, 5 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Anthony Davis (C): 25 PTS, 23 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • D’Angelo Russell (PG): 21 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Austin Reaves (SG): 21 PTS, 1 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Rui Hachimura (PF): 9 PTS, 4 RBS, 1 AST

Season leaders for the Lakers show Davis and James as top performers, crucial for NBA betting odds.

  • Anthony Davis (C): 24.7 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 3.5 APG
  • LeBron James (SF): 25.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 8.3 APG
  • D’Angelo Russell (PG): 18.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG
  • Austin Reaves (SG): 15.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.5 APG
  • Rui Hachimura (PF): 13.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.2 APG

Nuggets leaders ahead of tonight’s Game 5

Nikola Jokic’s recent triple-double and Michael Porter Jr.’s double-double performance are key highlights for the Nuggets, indicating their readiness for the upcoming Lakers challenge.

  • Nikola Jokic (C): 33 PTS, 14 RBS, 14 ASTS
  • Michael Porter Jr. (SF): 27 PTS, 11 RBS, 1 AST
  • Jamal Murray (PG): 22 PTS, 6 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG): 14 PTS, 2 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Aaron Gordon (PF): 7 PTS, 3 RBS, 4 ASTS

Season stats for the Nuggets highlight Jokic’s exceptional contributions, making him a focal point for NBA betting odds.

  • Nikola Jokic (C): 26.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 9.0 APG
  • Jamal Murray (PG): 21.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.5 APG
  • Michael Porter Jr. (SF): 16.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG
  • Aaron Gordon (PF): 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.5 APG
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG): 10.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.4 APG
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