Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 16 (12/16): NBA

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 16 (12/16): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Nuggets money line -180
Nuggets spread -4.5 (-110)
Lakers money line +155
Lakers spread +4.5 (-110)
Over / under 224

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers
Record 15-9 10-12
Home / road record 10-1 4-6
Streak L1 W3
Points per game 112.00 114.00
Points allowed per game 105.00 114.00
Rebounds per game 43.00 45.00
Rebounds allowed per game 39.00 46.00
Over / under record 10-14 12-10
 

Preview

The Denver Nuggets return home to host the Los Angeles Lakers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Tuesday night. These teams already faced each other last month in L.A. where the Cavs took the win 114-100.  

 

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets get here with a 14-7 and are 8-5 on the road so far this season ranking 1st in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets have gone 11-4 against Western Conference teams. Denver is sixth in the league scoring 16.0 fast break points per game led by Michael Porter Jr. averaging 3.7.

Nikola Jokic is scoring 22.7 points per game and averaging 9.8 rebounds for the Nuggets. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.

In their last 10 games, the Nuggets are 6-4, averaging 114.4 points, 43.2 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 51.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.5 points per game.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have won 5 of their last 6 games and are 4-6 on the road so far this season ranking 5th in the Pacific. In their last game they beat the Wizards 130-119 on the road. Davis scored 55 points on sizzling 22-of-30 shooting and added 17 rebounds. LeBron James had 29 points for the Lakers.

Anthony Davis leads the team scoring 28.6 points per game and 12.8 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is leading in assists with 7.7 per game.

In their last 10 games the Lakers are 8-2, averaging 122.7 points, 41.2 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.7 points.

 

BETTING TRENDS

LA Lakers are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games against Denver.

LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Denver.

LA Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Lakers' last 8 games when playing on the road against Denver..

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games.

Denver are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone OVER in 13 of Denver's last 18 games against LA Lakers.

Denver are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Nuggets have been pretty good this season and have been one of the best records at home with an 10-1 record but they have been struggling offensively in their last games averaging only 98.2 points last 5. On the other hand, the Lakers are whole different team now and are on fire offensively scoring over 120 points in their last 10 games. The Cavs beat the Lakers last month in L.A. but the Lakers are playing very different now and with the Cavs recent struggles to score I think the Lakers can win this game or at least keep it close to cover the spread.

PICK: Lakers +4.5 (-110)

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