Basketball bet has a marquee matchup on Friday as the two top teams in the Western Conference meet as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Denver Nuggets in a game that can be seen on ESPN.
This has been a very competitive series in basketball betting with the Lakers winning six of the last ten straight up while the teams have split against the spread.
Basketball bet has this as the second meeting between the teams this season. The Nuggets blew away the Lakers in Denver 105-79 back in November. That was really a revenge game since the Lakers had eliminated the Nuggets in the playoffs last season. This game in Los Angeles should be more competitive. The Lakers won three of the four at home in the playoffs against Denver but they were just 2-2 against the basketball bet odds.
These two teams have excellent offenses but in this series, seven of the last ten have gone under the basketball betting total. The over will probably still be the way that most bettors choose to go though with these high profile offenses.
Denver has not been very good vs. the basketball bet number on the road this season. They are just 9-13-1 vs. the basketball betting line in road games. Denver has been playing well even without Carmelo Anthony who has been injured. There is a very good chance he will be ready for this game though. The Nuggets are 3rd in the league in offense and Anthony is a big reason why. Denver’s defense is still a question mark and that is really the difference between the Nuggets and Lakers.
Los Angeles is at least not losing bettors money at home this season. Usually the Lakers are so overvalued at home that they don’t cover the spread for those making a basketball bet. This season the Lakers are around the .500 mark in basketball betting at home. Los Angeles has the 5th ranked offense in the NBA and the 9th ranked defense.
This basketball bet matchup should be a good one with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers facing Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets. The Lakers were challenged on the road on their recent eight-game trip but at home the Lakers have been very tough. The Nuggets are one of a handful of teams that might be able to give them a game. Those making a basketball bet should enjoy this one on Friday night.