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May 15, 2023

Lakers @ Nuggets (-6); Total 222.5

TIP-OFF: 8:30 p.m. ET

KEY FACTS: Former MVPs LeBron James and Nikola Jokic square off in this rematch of the 2020 Western Conference Finals. James has had the upper hand ✋ in their battles (15-9 H2H overall, 4-1 in playoffs). This is the 12th Conference Finals appearance for King James, the second-most ever behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

TRENDING: The Lakers are 2-4 straight up on the road in these playoffs but have won and covered both Game 1s. The Nuggets are undefeated at home (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) and are 43-18 straight up as favorites this season.

MAKING MOVES: Denver opened as 5-point chalk, but that line has gone up to Nuggets -6. The total has also shifted by a point, dropping from 223.5 to 222.5.

SIZING UP THE SERIES: One Maryland client placed $78,000 on the Nuggets (-159) to win the series. Denver is now priced at -165 to advance, while Los Angeles sits at +130.

TOP PROP: After pulling down 11.8 rebounds per game in Round 1, LeBron James averaged 8.8 against the Warriors. LeBron under 9.5 rebounds has drawn the most handle of any player prop for Game 1.