The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t been beaten in a Game 7 on their home court since 1969. Will all of that change on Saturday? If it does, the Denver Nuggets are going to pull the upset on the NBA playoff odds in Game 7 of this first round series between two of the contenders in the Western Conference.
NBA Matchup: #6 Denver Nuggets @ #3 Los Angeles Lakers Game 7
Date: Saturday, May 12th, 10:30 ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Playoffs Odds: Los Angeles -5.5
NBA TV Schedule: TNT
Last year, we saw Kobe and the Lakers bow out of the playoffs when they got frustrated by the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately for them this year, we see exactly the same thing, except we see a worse coach on the sidelines in Mike Brown. To say that we think that LA is in trouble is a tremendous understatement. Andrew Bynum looks disinterested, and Pau Gasol is coming off of a game in which he shot just 1-of-10 from the floor. That just isn’t going to cut it to say the least, especially when the likes of JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried are outdoing you. Sure, Metta World Peace is going to be back in the fold, but in the end, we think that the Nuggets are perhaps the better and more complete team, and we think that they have the ability to come into Staples Center and walk out with yet another victory to complete a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to shock the Lakers.
NBA Free Pick: Denver Nuggets +5.5