Conference Clash: Lakers vs Nuggets – Expert Analysis and Projections for Tonight’s Pivotal NBA Playoff Opener

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Alright sport fans, get ready for the show! One matchups are ready to rock the court, starting with the Lakers vs. Nuggets showdown at 08:30 PM EST at Ball Arena. The Lakers and Nuggets are prepared for a points barrage, but the Lakers and Nuggets might just shock us with a defensive showdown. If you're playing DFS, it's time to bring your A-game. Check out our in-depth analysis and fearless predictions to give yourself the upper hand. Let's ball!

Top Stars On The Main Slate

Nikola Jokic ($11000/DK) lit up the court in his last game, dropping 32 points, dishing out 12 assists, and pulling down 10 rebounds while shooting 13-17 from the field in 38 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #20 in the league against the C, allowing 54.1dfs per game or +0.4 more vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 70.8DK and 70.3FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 6.4.

Anthony Davis ($10200/DK) was underwhelming in his last game, scoring only 23 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds while shooting 10-18 from the field in 32 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #12 in the league against the C, allowing 43.7dfs per game or -3.5 less vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 48.2DK and 49.5FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.7.

LeBron James ($10000/DK) was so-so in his last game, puttin up 25 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds while shooting 6-10 from the field in 39 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #24 in the league against the PF, allowing 47.9dfs per game or +6.3 more vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 47.0DK and 45.9FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.7.

Standout Mid-Value Players

Jamal Murray ($7900/DK) was a beast on the court in his last outing, dropping 26 points, dishing out 4 assists, and pulling down 4 rebounds while shooting 3-9 from the field in 35 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #23 in the league against the PG, allowing an average of 52.3 per game which is +4.6 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 43.0DK and 42.8FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.4.

D'Angelo Russell ($5800/DK) was pretty average in his last game, puttin up 15 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds while shooting 5-8 from the field in 30 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #10 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 40.7 per game which is -3.5 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 24.8DK and 23.4FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.3.

Aaron Gordon ($5600/DK) had a forgettable outing in his last game, scoring only 8 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds while shooting 3-7 from the field in 35 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #13 in the league against the PF, allowing an average of 44.1 per game which is -3.1 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 25.0DK and 24.9FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.5.

Michael Porter ($5700/DK) was a disaster in his last game, scoring only 10 points, 0 assists, and 5 rebounds while shooting 4-6 from the field in 24 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #8 in the league against the SF, allowing an average of 37.9 per game which is -3.8 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 29.1DK and 28.5FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.1.

Austin Reaves ($5900/DK) was a force to be reckoned with in his last outing, dropping 15 points, dishing out 5 assists, and pulling down 7 rebounds while shooting 2-6 from the field in 36 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #10 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 40.7 per game which is -3.5 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 28.8DK and 28.2FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.9.

Cheap Value Players

Rui Hachimura ($3600/DK) underperformed in his last game, scoring only 4 points, 1 assists, and 2 rebounds while shooting 2-2 from the field in 21 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #24 in the league against the SF, allowing an average of 47.9 per game +6.3 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 8.2DK and 8.1FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 2.3.

Dennis Schroder ($4300/DK) put in a just-alright outing in his last game, puttin up 14 points, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds while shooting 4-6 from the field in 29 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #10 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 40.7 per game -3.5 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 19.4DK and 18.3FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.5.

Lonnie Walker ($3800/DK) had a forgettable outing in his last game, scoring only 4 points, 4 assists, and 0 rebounds while shooting 2-4 from the field in 28 minutes against the Warriors. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #10 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 40.7 per game -3.5 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 19.6DK and 20.1FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.2.

Jeff Green ($3400/DK) got roasted in his last game, scoring only 4 points, 0 assists, and 2 rebounds while shooting 0-1 from the field in 18 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #8 in the league against the SF, allowing an average of 37.9 per game -3.8 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 7.4DK and 7.0FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 2.2.

Christian Braun ($3200/DK) had a subpar performance in his last game, scoring only 4 points, 0 assists, and 2 rebounds while shooting 1-2 from the field in 14 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #11 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 41.7 per game -2.4 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 6.2DK and 6.1FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 1.9.

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