At the beginning of the season, the Lakers were the headliner and the marquee team in the Western Conference. LeBron James returned from an injury-plagued 2018-19 to be joined with Antony Davis. By contrast, the Nuggets were ignored on the NBA Bets futures board. Denver can’t match the name brand cache and star power of Los Angeles. But what they can do is outwork opponents with stout defense. And that is exactly what head coach Michael Malone and All-Star center Nikola Jokic are doing. Concurrently the Nuggets have emerged as a top Western Conference title contender and betting value.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets
|Date and Time:||Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado|
|Lakers vs. Nuggets TV Coverage:||ESPN|
|Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Overview
Late on the Lakers have been in bad sports betting stretch of red ink. LA has paid in only two of their last six games. Now the Lakers are 39-12 straight up, 26-24-1 vs. the odds with only 25 under. Los Angeles ranks seventh in the NBA for scoring offense and eight for points allowed.
Counter to that is a Nuggets mark of 37-16 straight up, 25-24-4 against the spread and just 24 overs. Denver ranks 19th for scoring offense, but third for points allowed. What’s more, they have gotten the money in seven of their last nine games.
Key Lakers: PF Anthony Davis (26.5 PTS, 9.2 REB, 3.3 AST, 51.8 FGPCT, 31.5 3PPCT, 85.8 FTPCT), SF LeBron James (25 PTS, 7.7 REB, 10.8 AST, 49.0 FGPCT, 34.7 3PPCT, 69.7 FTPCT), PF Kyle Kuzma (12.9 PTS, 4.4 REB, 1.2 AST, 43.5 FGPCT, 33.0 3PPCT, 75.0 FTPCT)
Key Nuggets: C Nikola Jokic (20.6 PTS, 10.3 REB, 6.8 AST, 51.6 FGPCT, 32.5 3PPCT, 80.5 FTPCT), PG Jamal Murray (18.4 PTS, 4.0 REB, 4.6 AST, 44.9 FGPCT, 34.7 3PPCT, 89.7 FTPCT), SF Will Barton (15.1 PTS, 6.5 REB, 3.7 AST, 44.7 FGPCT, 38.2 3PPCT, 76.1 FTPCT)
Los Angeles and Denver Against the Spread
The Lakers Are:
- 6-3 against the spread in their last nine away games
- 7-2 over the total on the road
- 4-10 vs. the line in their last 14 away matchups vs. the Nuggets
- 5-3 over the total at Denver
- 12-3 on the board as a dog
- 6-3 over the total in their last nine games getting points.
The Nuggets Are:
- 5-3-1 on the board in their last nine games at Pepsi Center
- 3-4 under the total in-home court action
- 5-4 against the spread in their last nine games as a favorite
- 9-2 over the total when laying points
- 5-3 vs. the odds head to head with the Lakers
- 1-4-1 under the total in their last six games with Los Angeles
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Bets Picks
On this occasion, the Nuggets will have a frenzied packed house backing them at the Pepsi Center. This is also a great chance to make a statement on national TV. As mentioned earlier Denver has had the NBA Bets value advantage in this head to head series. The home-court should be the matchup advantage and difference maker here.
Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Bet Pick: Denver Nuggets
Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Bets Score Prediction: Nuggets 106, Lakers 100