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The Denver Nuggets gained a significant advantage in the Western Conference Finals, securing a two-game lead on Thursday night with a remarkable performance led by Jamal Murray. The Lakers surrendered their lead in the second half and struggled to contain Murray's incredible scoring spree, as he single-handedly contributed 23 points in the final quarter.

Despite LeBron James' commendable 22-point effort and being on the brink of a triple-double, he faced difficulties finding his rhythm in the crucial fourth quarter. This was exemplified by a missed layup after an impressive steal from a Nuggets inbound pass.

With the series shifting to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4, Denver has an opportunity to build on their momentum. A win in Game 3 would bring them closer than ever to their inaugural appearance in the NBA Finals, while also marking their first-ever victory over the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals after three previous attempts.

Let’s take a look at some NBA same game parlay picks today and make a prediction for the third installment in the series.

Nuggets vs Lakers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under – NBA Playoffs Betting Lines 5/20

Moneyline: Denver Nuggets +170, Los Angeles Lakers -215
Spread: Denver Nuggets +4.5 (-110) , Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 (-120)
Total: Over/Under 223.5 points

Nuggets vs Lakers Injury Report

Mo Bamba remains out for the Lakers, while Lebron James is considered day to day after rolling his ankle in Game 2. The Lakers star landed on Anthony Davis foot and went down, but stayed in the game and finished it out, so the expectation is that he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Nuggets vs Lakers Prediction

The Denver Nuggets have never won in the Western Conference Finals, and this series marks their fifth trip in franchise history. In three of the four series they’ve lost so far, it’s been the Lakers that have taken them out. This piece of history has to be a factor in the series.

The Nuggets found additional motivation in the media's reaction to Game 1, where it seemed as though the Lakers were praised despite their loss. An adjustment that briefly had Rui Hachimura guarding Nikola Jokic led fans and the media to believe that the Lakers had discovered a winning formula.

While there may be some truth to that perspective, Denver took offense to the fact that their victory was overshadowed by the focus on the positives for the opposing team. Both Jamal Murray and coach Michael Malone expressed their dissatisfaction with the biased coverage surrounding the series. After winning Game 2, Malone confidently addressed the media, saying, "Put that in your pipe, you smoke it."

It's safe to say that Denver is fired up, and we witnessed the emergence of bubble Jamal Murray in the fourth quarter, where he completely dominated the game with his clutch shots. The Lakers had no answer for Murray, who showcased his remarkable scoring ability, including a step-back three-pointer over Anthony Davis. When Murray is in that kind of form, he becomes incredibly challenging to contain, as we have seen in previous playoff matchups.

On the other hand, the Lakers have been flawless when playing at home in the playoffs. They have won all six games at the Arena against both Memphis and the Warriors. However, they have also not returned home after losing the first two road games in a series.

Rui Hachimura provided a significant spark off the bench in Game 2, going a perfect eight for eight and finishing the night with 21 points on 8-10 shooting. Davis was a force on the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds, but lacked sufficient support. LeBron contributed four steals to accompany his 22 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.

Despite the Lakers' best efforts, Nikola Jokic once again recorded a triple-double, posting 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists as he continues his determined quest to reach the finals.

This is a must-win game for the Lakers, and while Jokic will undoubtedly make his presence felt, I believe that if the Lakers can neutralize Jamal Murray's onslaught, they should come out on top. These are my NBA picks and parlays for the game.

Best NBA Same Game Parlay Picks Today for Nuggets vs Lakers - NBA Playoffs Game #3: 4-Leg Parlay Picks (+675)

Jamal Murray Three Pointers Made

The Lakers need to try and force Jamal Murray off the ball a little more in Game 3, but they can’t overcommit pressure to Jokic and Murray at the same time, which poses a problem.

Murray was able to run riot on the Lakers in the fourth quarter of Game 2, and while they might watch the film and find a way to slow him down, he’s going to take his chances from behind the arc.

Murray has taken 22 three point attempts in the first two games combined, and made 10 of them. He had six in Game 2 and should get three or more in the third game too. Let’s start the NBA same game parlay predictions there.

Leg-1 SGP Pick: Jamal Murray 3+ Three Pointers Made (-185)

Nikola Jokic Assists Total

I couldn’t be more confident on this one. With the way the Lakers have played Jokic so far, having him pass the ball off to perimeter shooters and guys cutting to the basket seems inevitable.

There’s a reason he’s so unique, and his passing ability for a big man is outstanding. In each of his last six playoff games including the two against the Lakers and four against the Suns, Jokic has managed at least 11 assists and is averaging 13 over the same set of games.

The two-time MVP can’t be stopped, only contained, and his assist numbers have been a real issue for the Lakers so far. I have him clearing 10 comfortably.

Leg-2 SGP Pick: Nikola Jokic Over 9.5 Assists (-170)

Lebron James Blocks Total

Lebron has at least one block in all but two of the 14 playoff games he’s played so far, and has three so far in the series against Denver.

Heading back to his home court and needing to prove a point desperately, Lebron is going to be on a mission. His face coming off the court after Game 2 was enough for me to see an inspired performance coming in Game 3. I’ll take one block as the safer option but going for 2+ would dramatically increase your parlay odds.

Leg-3 SGP Pick: Lebron James 1+ Blocks (-165)

Spread Bet

Denver are looking like the favorite for the series so far, and while the media might have overdone it a little, there is truth in the opinion that the Lakers are far from out of the series yet.

They’ve been flawless at home so far in the playoffs and seem to revel in the home court advantage, and they need this one bad. After two tough games on the road, I have the Lakers claiming Game 3 with a highly intense effort to right the ship.

Leg-4 SGP Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 (-120)

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