NBA: West final (Game 6)
6:05 p.m. PT at Denver
Lakers +5 at Nuggets (209)
Denver has split its two home playoff games with the LA Lakers as favorites of 3½ and 4½ points respectively. Now the spread is 5 even though the Nuggets trail the series 3-2 coming off a 103-94 loss in Game 5 at Los Angeles. Throughout the series Denver has owned a huge edge in points in the paint and from the bench. With LA, it all depends if the switch is on or off.
Officiating has been a factor in the series as Lakers coach Phil Jackson got his $50,000 worth in fines by getting more favorable calls in Game 5. Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza reappeared after being invisible in Game 4, while Shannon Brown gave the Lakers some big minutes. If the Lakers supporting cast shows up here, the 5 is a steal. They didn’t in Game 6 of the Houston series. Maybe they’ve learned. LAKERS.
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