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NBA Betting: L.A. vs. Denver Preview/Predictions

NBA Parlay Picks – Lakers, Nuggets, Battle In West Finals Rematch

Lakers (+4) at Nuggets (-4)
(O/U) 212
Tonight at 10:30 PM ET

The Los Angeles Lakers (7-1 SU, 3-5 ATS, 5-3 O/U) beat down one challenger for their Western Conference crown on Thursday. Tonight, they will look to repeat the feat when they take to the floor at the Pepsi Center for a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets (6-3 SU, 4-5 ATS, 5-4 O/U).

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The Lakers routed the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns121-102 on Thursday, led by Andrew Bynum’s double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds and Kobe Bryant’s game-high 29 points.

The Nuggets have struggled in a big way recently, losing three of four including their uninspiring 108-102 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the loss.

Here is a look at the key NBA betting trends for this Western Conference thriller, followed by my in-depth analysis and NBA expert picks.

Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
Under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Denver.
Lakers are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings.

Analysis: I know the Denver Nuggets will be up for this game and have had a day off since their game on Wednesday while the Lakers are playing back-to-back following Thursday’s win over Phoenix, but you had better believe that Kobe Bryant will have his Lakers teammates more than ready for this rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals.

While the Nuggets are back at home following their six-game road trip in which they went a respectable 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS, I like the Lakers to show their championship mettle against the Nuggets as they deliver another message to their Western Conference rivals that all roads to the NBA Finals out west go through L.A.

Denver’s loss to a young Milwaukee team, combined with their one-point win over an equally young Bulls team – and blowout loss at Atlanta, tell me the Nuggets are out of sync and ripe for the picking to a Lakers team that is getting some fantastic contributions from young center Andrew Bynum, along with the normal excellence of perennial MVP candidate Kobe Bryant.

Simply put pro basketball lifers, I like the Lakers to cover the spread, likely with the outright road win while the Nuggets try to solve some of their recent problems.

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