|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Los Angeles Lakers held on for the Pacific title and beat out Memphis in a tiebreaker for the third spot in the West. The 41-25 Lakers will start their attempt at their seventeenth NBA title against a team that has never won a title at all, the 38-28 Denver Nuggets.
The Lakers had a 3-1 record against Denver this year. They last played on April 13 when the Lakers won at home. The Lakers were second in the NBA with 46.2 rebounds per game. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol both averaged double digits in rebounds during the regular season.
Kobe Bryant had 27.9 points per game and sat out his last game, thus allowing Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant to just barely beat him out for the title. Meanwhile, the earliest that Metta World Peace could return would be in the seventh game of the series in the event that the series does go that far. World Peace has six games left in his suspension. Matt Barnes should pick up his time provided that he returns soon from a minor ankle injury.
The Denver Nuggets were the top team in both scoring and assists this year in online betting. The Nuggets had 104.1 points and 24 assists per game. However, the Nuggets had the league's second worst defense by giving up 101.2 points per game. Most of the Nuggets' games this year have been high-scoring affairs on both sides.
Much of this was with Al Harrington having limited playing time due to a knee injury. Harrington has 14.2 points per game off of the bench. JaVale McGee is not getting as much playing time per game as he was earlier this year when he was in Washington but his scoring average has practically remained unchanged. He has 11.3 points per game. In fact, six players are in double digits per game with two bench players, Andre Miller and Wilson Chandler, not far off.
The Lakers have 14/1 basketball odds to win the title. Denver has 75/1 odds, thus making them the second toughest bet in the West.