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Best player prop bets for Lakers-Nuggets Game 5 matchup

We go over some prop bets that stand out ahead of Saturday’s Game 5 matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs the rebound against the Denver Nuggets during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on September 24, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

We had an off night on Friday in Game 5 between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. Our prop bets went 1-2 with the poor outing from Tyler Herro and the Kemba Walker getting into foul trouble. We’re still at 6-4 over the past three games and will look to get back on track with some picks for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. Here are some of our favorite player prop bets on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Dwight Howard over 7.5 rebounds (-103)

This feels like a pretty strong number after what we saw in Game 4 from Howard. He was inserted into the starting lineup and finished with a double-double in just over 20 minutes. The Lakers were up most of the game and Frank Vogel’s strategy to go a bit bigger down low certainly worked out. Might we see Dwight down low on Nikola Jokic more in Game 5? Will the Anthony Davis injury cause Vogel to go to Howard more? If that is the case, then he’ll have another shot at a double-double and this line is really appealing.

Jamal Murray to outscore Anthony Davis (+118)

The safer play is to bet Murray to outscore LeBron James at -110. That’s no fun though. We want the juice! In the previous two Game 5s, Murray dropped 42 and 26 points, respectively. In the game against the Clippers last round, Murray shot the ball miserably in Game 5. So far in this series, Murray is killing the Lakers, shooting 54.8% from the floor. So I think we’ll see something closer to Murray’s Game 5 performance in the first round. I think AD’s ankle is fine but it’s still sort of lingering in the back of my mind. If he tweaks it at all, that could mean fewer minutes. I’m expecting a big game from Murray with the season on the line again.

Nikola Jokic over 1.5 3-pointers made (-107)

There’s not a ton that sticks out as far as player props in this game. Jokic made a pair of 3-pointers in the Game 4 loss but has otherwise been quiet from outside in the series. I’m about the narrative that Jokic and Murray will both step up with the season on the line. Joker had one of his worst games of the postseason on Thursday night. I think he needs to get outside a bit more and stretch the floor, clearing the paint out for Murray to get to the hole. If Murray is aggressive, I think we see more 3-point attempts from Jokic on kick-outs. This isn’t a high number really and the line is solid. If you aren’t into the narrative, Jokic has gone over this number in 12-of-18 playoff games. So there are your numbers.

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