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Denver Nuggets vs LA Lakers: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

The defending champions are aiming to win their 3rd game in a row overall and 7th straight against the LA Lakers tonight as the two teams lock horns for the 2nd time this season. Denver came out on top on opening night 119-107, in what was a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals. Denver has had LA’s number for a while now, so the odds are stacked in their favor here as they open as 3.5 point favorites. Nikola Jokic in particular has taken it upon himself to play extremely well in this match-up, he is averaging 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 10.3 assists in his last 10 games vs the Lakers. He’s also notched a triple-double in 5 of his last 6 against LeBron and co., it could be another long night for the likes of Anthony Davis and the rest of the defenders the Lakers decide to throw at the 2-time MVP. Denver is 13-2 SU in 15 games vs Pacific Division opponents and currently on a run of 4 wins in 5 games overall.

It'll be an emotional night for the Lakers here as they will reveal a Kobe Bryant statue ahead of tonight’s game at crypto.com arena. In honor of the Lakers legend, the players will also wear their black mamba jerseys for tonight’s game, they’ll be extra motivated to do well here. Things have slowly turned around for LA in the past week or so, they’ve won 5 of their last 7 games and have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 at home. All of this is great news if you’re a Lakers fan, but if you’re GM Rob Pelinka this has made your job a lot tougher ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. The Lakers were in the mix for several moves, but with the likes of D’Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura playing really well lately, trading them away now looks like a bad idea. Regardless of that and the poor run in recent games vs the Nuggets, the Lakers players will be eager for this game to start, they’ve beaten Denver 8 times in the last 11 meetings at crypto.com Arena.

LA Lakers Point Spread Prediction

LA Lakers +3.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

I actually like the Lakers here. Beating the same team over and over again is never easy, it’s only a matter of time they end the losing streak vs the Nuggets, tonight’s game is ideal for that to happen. Take the Lakers to cover as home underdogs.

FanDuel LA Lakers +3.5 Point Spread

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LA Lakers +3.5 Point Spread @ -110
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Nuggets vs Lakers Total Points Prediction: Under 231

Under 231 Total Points is available at -110 odds

The Lakers are at their best when they play defense and in order to beat the champions they’ll have to step it up on that end of the floor here. I’m expecting a similar score to the first meeting of the season where we saw just 226 points between the two teams, in general this match-up has been dominated by defense more often than not. In total 5 of the last 7 meetings have cashed on the under, while the 3 most recent games have seen an average of 225.6 points per game. We’ve seen a pattern with the Lakers this season – in games where they neglect their defense they’re pretty much guaranteed to lose, unless they play the Charlotte Hornets. This team is 18-8 SU at home, compared to 10-17 SU on the road. When it comes to their O/U record they’re 10-16 at home and 19-8 on the road, you can draw your own conclusion just from those numbers. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have been one of the most consistent teams this season when betting on the under with 31 of 52 games cashing on that bet. They’re on a run of 8 unders in 9 games right now, including 5 straight on the road. All signs are pointing to a defensive heavy game here, so let’s go with the under.

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