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(4-0) Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-3)
Date: Thursday October 25
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 238½
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Denver is making hay early in the season with four wins in its first four games. It’s not surprising a team that was just left out of the playoffs a year ago is taking the start to this season very seriously.
Three of the Nuggets’ wins have come at home: vs. Phoenix, Golden State and Tuesday night against Sacramento. They’ve already won once at the Staples Center, in their first game of the season against the Clippers.
Perhaps other than the 4–0 start, the biggest story out of the Nuggets’ camp is a negative story. Will Barton hurt his hip in the game against Phoenix and had surgery earlier this week.
He won’t be re-evaluated until December so he’s going to be out a while. Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic are both healthy for the time being, which hasn’t been anything safe to count on. It will be important they stay that way, especially while Barton is out.
But with those two healthy and playing hard, Denver is a bit of a nightmare in today’s NBA because no front line can contend with that kind of beef.
Early on, advantage Denver because everybody is fresh, but as the season wears on, I doubt both those guys will be able to stay healthy and fast enough to keep up with the smaller, faster matchups they will find themselves against on a nightly basis.
Los Angeles Lakers
You must know by now the Lakers are 0–3, which won’t be the case when they host the Nuggets in this game because they travel to Phoenix to play on Wednesday night.
The Lakers would sure like to win that game because this one becomes especially frightening if its to go 0–5 on the second night of a back-to-back.
People are, predictably, freaking out against the Lakers but the reality isn’t so much that anything terrible is happening early on, but rather that the Lakers aren’t as good as any of the teams that have beaten them.
LA’s three losses have come in Houston and at home against Portland and San Antonio. The chance to win the San Antonio game was theirs but LeBron James missed two free-throws that would have just about iced it.
Instead, he missed both and Patty Mills came down and gave San Antonio the win.
Rajón Rondo and Brandon Ingram will both sit this one out again for their roles in the fight against the Houston Rockets. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma will again start in their places.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAL are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thu. games.
- Head to Head: Over is 19-6-1 in the last 26 meetings.
- Head to Head: DEN are 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction: Denver -2.5.
This is a game where Denver is going to bang inside and control the boards.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver 109 – LA 104
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