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Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a basket against the Indiana Pacers, and we're offering our top Lakers vs. Nuggets player props for their Round 1 game on Saturday, based on the best NBA odds.
Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a basket against the Indiana Pacers. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via AFP.

Our Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets player props are based on the best NBA odds, as we dial into the 3-point market for Saturday’s Game 1 of this marquee Western Conference playoff clash.

Get ready for a highly anticipated rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals as the Denver Nuggets (57-25), one of the top contenders by the NBA championship odds, host the Los Angeles Lakers (47-35) in the opening round of the playoffs. Game 1 will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC) from Ball Arena in Denver, Colo.

After sweeping the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals last year, the Nuggets are earning significant respect from our best sports betting sites. They head into Game 1 as 7.5-point favorites, although it's worth noting that only one of their four victories in the previous series would have covered such a spread.

However, with an improved Los Angeles team this season, the question arises: Could this create potential value for the Lakers in this matchup?

To complement our 2024 NBA playoffs betting preview, here are our best Lakers vs. Nuggets player props and NBA picks (odds via our best NBA betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 1 player props

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Lakers vs. Nuggets prop bet predictions for Saturday

D’Angelo Russell Under 2.5 made 3-pointers ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell struggled in last year’s matchup against the Nuggets, averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 assists per game while hitting two 3-pointers in four contests. 

He might produce better results than that, but this is still a matchup that bothers him due to Denver’s length and switching ability.

Russell hasn’t hit more than two 3-pointers in each of his last seven meetings against the Nuggets. I’m comfortable betting the +122 price at FanDuel on that trend, especially when most of our best sports betting apps offer +105 odds for the same ticket.

Best odds: +122 via FanDuel

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Over 3.5 made 3-pointers ⭐⭐⭐

There is value on a points prop of 9.5 for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but I prefer needing him to hit just two 3-pointers against his former team. It also doesn’t hurt that Pinnacle charges 30 cents more for the Nuggets guard to hit multiple triples.

KCP has cleared this mark in five straight games against the Lakers and seven of his previous nine such matchups. 

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With Jamal Murray drawing the best defensive assignment in the backcourt, I expect Caldwell-Pope to have an advantageous matchup in this series. Such is life when trying to defend the Nuggets.

Best odds: -148 via DraftKings

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Anthony Davis Under 0.5 made 3-pointers ⭐⭐⭐⭐

For the Lakers to have a chance, Anthony Davis has to be a bigger offensive threat than his 20-point effort against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Play-In Tournament. But that doesn’t mean he should take a 3-pointer after not attempting one on Tuesday.

Davis still hasn’t succeeded with his jumper in the team’s new five-out offense. He hit a triple in 29% of regular-season games and only three of his previous 10 matchups against the Nuggets. 

Fanatics offers a favorable -130 value on Davis not hitting a 3-pointer, compared to the -139 offering at most of our best sportsbooks.

Best odds: -130 via Fanatics

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Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 1 info & odds

  • When: Saturday, April 20
  • Tip-off: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colo.
  • How to watch: ABC
  • Favorite: Nuggets -7.5 (-105 via BetMGM)

Lakers-Nuggets player props made Thursday at 11:55 a.m. ET.

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