Nuggets vs. Lakers Odds: How Denver’s Odds Changed

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The Lakers held onto a dicey margin to beat the Pelicans in the play-in game to book a ticket versus the Nuggets in the playoffs — yet again.

And with their first round playoff matchup set, the Nuggets saw their odds across the marketplace stay the exact same as it was before — indicating oddsmakers didn't care whether the Pelicans or Lakers won this game. It was all priced in — and the Nuggets were considered heavy favorites for either series.

Denver opened as -400 favorites to beat the Lakers and advance. The Nuggets haven't lost to the Lakers since Dec. 2022, which includes a playoff sweep last postseason — that's eight straight victories.

Denver remains +135 favorites to win the Western conference despite sputtering down the stretch and missing out on the No. 1 seed to the Thunder.

The Nuggets are also the second-best favorites to win it all at +300, behind the Celtics, which are priced at a ridiculous +165. Boston is an alarming -190 to win the Eastern Conference, but the advanced metrics — and the eye test — jibe with this assessment.

NBA Championship Odds

  1. Celtics (+165)
  2. Nuggets (+300)
  3. Clippers (+1500)
  4. Bucks (+1500)
  5. Thunder (+1600)
  6. Mavericks (+1600)
  7. 76ers (+1600)
  8. Timberwolves (+1900)
  9. Suns (+1900)
  10. Lakers (+2600)

The Lakers moved up the oddsboard from 33-1 to 26-1 after their win against the Pelicans. Their odds to win the Western Conference also moved up from +1800 to +1400.

Western Conference Odds

  1. Nuggets (+135)
  2. Thunder (+600)
  3. Mavericks (+650)
  4. Clippers (+650)
  5. Suns (+850)
  6. Timberwolves (+1000)
  7. Lakers (+1400)

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Doug Ziefel
May 22, 2024 UTC