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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 9/24/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




LA LAKERS (62 - 22) vs. DENVER (55 - 35)
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Thursday, 9/24/2020 9:00 PM
Western Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 4 - Lake Buena Vi
Board OpenLatest
709LA LAKERS-6.5-6.5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games62-22-8.743-3939-44113.559.148.2%53.9107.554.744.8%50.8
Road Games39-14+11.226-2626-26112.958.848.1%53.2108.856.545.6%50.8
Last 5 Games4-1+1.83-23-2113.260.450.1%50.2105.452.846.1%44.6
Playoff Games10-3+1.47-56-6113.761.449.7%52.6106.454.944.8%47.4
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.559.142-8848.2%11-3235.0%18-2473.0%541126219156
vs opponents surrendering112.356.541-8946.0%12-3436.0%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.958.842-8748.1%11-3234.9%18-2571.8%531025229156
Stats Against (All Games)107.554.739-8644.8%12-3335.2%18-2378.2%51923228154
vs opponents averaging112.556.441-8946.0%13-3536.0%18-2378.0%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.856.539-8645.6%12-3436.5%18-2477.9%51923228154

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-35+2.443-4145-43110.654.847.3%51.6109.155.346.4%50.5
Road Games30-27+4.628-2630-25110.154.447.0%50.4111.456.747.2%50.4
Last 5 Games3-2+5.64-12-3109.254.650.9%50.4104.860.445.6%43.2
Playoff Games9-8+9.411-67-8107.454.047.2%48.7109.057.647.3%47.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.654.841-8847.3%11-3136.4%16-2178.2%521126218134
vs opponents surrendering111.656.141-8945.8%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.154.441-8747.0%12-3237.2%16-2179.7%501025218144
Stats Against (All Games)109.155.340-8646.4%12-3436.1%17-2376.2%501025217134
vs opponents averaging112.556.741-8846.2%12-3536.1%18-2477.4%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.456.740-8547.2%13-3437.6%18-2377.0%501025218134
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96.5,  DENVER 96.3
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/3/2020*LA CLIPPERS97-120L9L223U35-8342.2%471548-8457.1%4914
9/5/2020*LA CLIPPERS110-101W8.5W224U41-9145.1%501236-8840.9%6517
9/7/2020*LA CLIPPERS107-113L8.5W220P44-9446.8%431241-7554.7%4917
9/9/2020*LA CLIPPERS85-96L8L221.5U27-6839.7%461433-7941.8%539
9/11/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-105W9W216P39-8148.1%521137-8842.0%479
9/13/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-98W9W214U40-7454.1%491432-7841.0%4213
9/15/2020*LA CLIPPERS104-89W7.5W207.5U38-7749.4%582034-9037.8%4210
9/18/2020*LA LAKERS114-126L8L210O41-8349.4%481644-8353.0%4811
9/20/2020*LA LAKERS103-105L5.5W209U35-7447.3%441937-8344.6%5023
9/22/2020*LA LAKERS114-106W5.5W215O40-7354.8%531843-8351.8%3416
9/24/2020*LA LAKERS              
9/26/2020*LA LAKERS              
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 37-45, finished 10th in Western Conference.
COACH: Frank Vogel (first season with Lakers; ninth season overall, 304-291).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (9.2 ppg), G Danny Green (10.3 with Toronto), F LeBron James (27.4), F Anthony Davis (25.9 with New Orleans), C JaVale McGee (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: F Brandon Ingram, G Lonzo Ball, G Josh Hart, G Lance Stephenson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Davis, Green, C Dwight Howard, G Avery Bradley, F Jared Dudley, G Quinn Cook.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The evolving chemistry between James and Davis will be at the forefront, but the Lakers' success in creating an immediate title contender could hinge on the supporting cast. Green must keep the outside shooting proficiency he demonstrated last season for Toronto, while Kyle Kuzma must find a role on a reconfigured roster. The Lakers' biggest early-season subplot of all might be around Howard, whose return to LA after six seasons away could be greeted by boos or cheers.
OUTLOOK: An aspiring super team takes shape around James and Davis, who joined forces to do a whole lot more than end the Lakers' franchise-record playoff drought at six years. LA expects to be a title contender with two of the NBA's best players anchoring a lineup featuring perimeter shooting from Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, fast-break proficiency from Alex Caruso and Kuzma, and sturdy defense from Bradley, Rondo and McGee. Vogel's ability to fold this talent into a cohesive unit over the next few months will determine whether the Lakers can do something special in the spring.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
Lakers look to retake control in Game 4 vs. Nuggets

The Los Angeles Lakers seek to take another commanding lead while the Denver Nuggets attempt to avoid another huge hole when the clubs meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

The third-seeded Nuggets got back into familiar territory -- a 2-1 series deficit -- when they held off a late Lakers rally for a 114-106 triumph in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

They have lost Game 4 in each of their first two series against Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, however, to fall behind 3-1 before making a pair of historic comebacks.

The top-seeded Lakers, meanwhile, have seized control in their first two rounds against Portland and Houston with a Game 4 win that put them up 3-1 on each occasion. Los Angeles won those games by an average of 15.0 points.

The key to reversing Tuesday's defeat? LeBron James believes it's taking better care of the ball and fouling less.

"They played better than us, more aggressive than us through three quarters," he assessed in the wake of the loss. "We had 16 turnovers for 25 points and put them to the line 29 times. It's not going to be winning ingredients for us if we continue to do that. And we knew that, even after Game 2, we talked about that, trying to assure that. Got to be better than that Game 4."

Turnovers have been an issue, but not necessarily a disadvantage, for both teams in the series. The Nuggets have averaged 17.7 in the three games, the Lakers 16.7.

Meanwhile, Denver has flipped a free-throw deficit in the series opener (37-28) by shooting 21 more than the Lakers in the last two games (62-41).

Nuggets coach Michael Malone credits a more aggressive mindset for the increase in his team's trips to the line, a style of play he told his guys after the Game 3 win that has fans nationwide pulling for the underdogs.

"We're in this series," he said in a postgame gathering. "We let them know we're not going anywhere. That's what you guys have done this whole postseason. That's why everybody is rooting for us. Keep on showing that grit and resilience and playing for each other."

In a series where the scoring of Anthony Davis (95 points) and James (71) has been nearly offset by that of Jamal Murray (74) and Nikola Jokic (73), the impact of a third scorer has aided each team.

The Lakers got 18 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in its 12-point win in Game 1, while the Nuggets benefitted from Jerami Grant's postseason career-high 26 in their eight-point win in Game 3.

Lakers guard Rajon Rondo notched a piece of NBA history with his eight assists Tuesday. He passed Kobe Bryant for ninth place on the NBA's all-time postseason list, with another heavyweight -- Scottie Pippen -- now on Thursday's radar, just six ahead.

Game 5, which is no longer an "if-necessary," is scheduled for Saturday. The Lakers have wrapped up both their previous series in five games.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/30/2020 1:37:12 PM EST

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