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2022 NBA Handicapping
(21-21) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets (21-19)
Date: Saturday, January 15th
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Ball Arena Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers +150 | Nuggets -159 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
Saturday, January 15th finds the Los Angeles Lakers tipping off versus the Denver Nuggets in their first meeting of the season. The teams will play twice more in April on the 3rd in LA and on the 10th in Denver.
The Nuggets last played Thursday in an absolute beat down (140-108) against the Blazers while the Lakers played Wednesday in a 116-125 losing effort to the Kings.
The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Nuggets in 110 of their 182 meetings. Last season the squads played three times with LA winning two of the three contests.
Los Angeles Lakers
The situation for the Lakers isn’t exactly positive at the moment with the team possessing a .500 record but about to embark on a much more difficult schedule segment. In their next 17 matches, 12 opponents have a .500 or better record and six of those teams hold home court seeds.
Ten of those contests are on the road where the Lakers possess a 7-10 record. Diving deeper, of LA’s 21 victories only five are against opponents with records above .500 (plus the Celtics at .500) with three of those matches requiring overtime and the other two occurring in the first six games of the season.
In fact, the Lakers haven’t beaten a team with a record above .500 since December 15th when they dispensed of the Mavericks in overtime and Luka Doncic was not playing.
Carmelo Anthony (back) is questionable. Anthony Davis (MCL) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) are out indefinitely.
After allowing the Clippers to erase a 25-point deficit to defeat Denver, the Nuggets returned to the hardcourt looking to erase that embarrassment from their minds. They sure did that via a 32 point drubbing of the Blazers.
Nikola Jokic had an almost pedestrian effort compared to his typical offerings posting 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists taking only ten shots (hitting eight), and did it in 28 minutes.
Several Nuggets who weren’t available for the Clippers match were back from protocols or injury and made their presence felt. Specifically, Will Barton whose offense (21 points) was desperately missed although he suffered a neck stinger sidelining him in the third.
Facundo Campazzo delivered a double-double of 18 points and 12 assists. Jeff Green (19), Bones Hyland (17), and Zeke Nnaji (16) were the other double-figure contributors.
Barton (neck) is probable while Jeff Green (personal) is questionable. Vlato Cancar (fractured foot) and Jamal Murry (ACL) are out indefinitely while PJ Dozier (ACL), and Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery) are done for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 8-2 in the last 10 head to head
- The Lakers are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Nuggets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Lakers’ last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver’s last 11 games.
- The Lakers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction
Although LeBron James playing center has produced results, facing the reigning MVP will be a tough challenge even for a player of James ilk. Denver possesses a higher defensive (14th) and offensive (19th) ranking than the Lakers (18th and 22nd).
In the last 10 games, the Lakers have registered the top offense (118.0) while the Nuggets have ranked 21st (109.1). However, on the defensive end during the same time frame, Denver has delivered the seventh-best defense (105.9) while the Lakers have ranked 27th (116.9).
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