Free NBA Pick: Lakers vs. Nuggets Odds
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2019 NBA Handicapping
(17-3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets (13-4)
Date: Tuesday, December 3
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers +115 | Nuggets -196
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers +2 | Nuggets -2
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Tuesday, December 3, finds interconference squads the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets tipping off in their first meeting between each other this season.
Last season, the squads played three times with and the Nuggets winning two of the three contests. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Nuggets in 105 of their 175 matches.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have meshed well and put together a 17-3 record with a 10-game win streak punctuating their early efforts.
Sunday, the Mavericks brought that streak to an end doing so in rather easy fashion.
In the loss, the two superstars led the way with Anthony Davis posting a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James flirted with a triple-double registering 25 points, eight assists and nine rebounds.
Alex Caruso (10) was the only other double-figure scorer for LA.
On the season the team leader board features LA’s two superstars with Davis topping the points (26.1), rebounds (9.3) block (2.8) and steal (1.5) categories while James is leading assists (10.8) and field goal percent (50.1).
Anthony Davis’ shoulder is still bothering him and Kyle Kuzma is nursing a mild ankle sprain but both are expected to play.
Avery Bradley (leg) won’t be back until mid-December and DeMarcus Cousins is rehabbing his knee with hopes he could return for the playoffs.
Although Mike Malone has his Nuggets sitting atop the defensive ranking column the offense still hasn’t clicked and part of that may be due to the lack of shots Nikola Jokic is taking. In the 97-100 loss to the Kings he scored a measly seven points.
So getting Jokic invested early in scoring versus the Lakers is essential since LA will likely need to utilize Anthony Davis in that matchup.
Gary Harris (25) led Denver in scoring with Jamal Murray (15), Will Barton (14), Jermai Grant (12) and Malik Beasley (11) each pitching in with double figures.
Murray leads the team in scoring (18.5 points) and steals (1.6) while Jokic leads in rebounds (10.4) and assists (6.0).
Jerami Grant is dealing with an illness but expected to suit up Tuesday. Denver is bringing Bol Bol back slowly from foot surgery and as such he won’t suit up Tuesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 6-4 in last 10 head to head
- The Nuggets are 6-4 ATS in their last 10
- Over Under is 5-4-1 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
- Under is 11-4 in the Lakers last 15 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 31-11 in the Nuggets last 42 games as a favorite.
- Under is 22-8 in the Nuggets last 30 home games.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
On Monday both LeBron and Davis stated they don’t intend to ever lose two in a row. That’s something Mike Malone might want to post on the Nuggets game board as motivation.
Unlike most clubs, the Nuggets boast enough size to deal with the Lakers. Similarly, the Lakers can put Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee on Jokic but neither would have an advantage guarding him.
LA’s best bet is to utilize Anthony Davis on the Joker and it makes the most sense for Jokic to keep Davis invested on both sides of the hardwood to tire him out in the high altitude of Denver.
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The Lakers win streak came versus 10 sub .500 teams. Granted a team can only play who is on the schedule but more than half those victories took clutch time to net the victory. More importantly, the Lakers are 3-3 versus teams with winning records.
LeBron angrily (and publicly) called out his team prior to the half with LA up three on the Mavs only to see them succumb in the second half. Perhaps he and Davis should’ve learned from that and not virtually guaranteed a win against Denver.
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