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(20-45) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets (31-35)
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center – Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: DEN -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 231
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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angles Lakers represent two polar opposites entering their matchup Monday.
The Nuggets are doing everything in their power to maintain the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
They pulled off a move at the trade deadline to improve their chances of making the postseason, and falling out of the top eight would make this year a failure in the eyes of those who are critical of them giving up a first-round draft pick in the deal for Mason Plumlee.
On the other hand, the Lakers are doing everything they can to main their spot in the cellar of the West. Los Angeles will lose its draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls out of the top three, so securing losses (and as a result draft odds) is the goal of this franchise.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at midnight ET on Monday, March 13, 2017.
Los Angeles Lakers
As much as the Lakers organization wants to secure draft position, it’d be damn near impossible to convince head coach Luke Walton — not to mention a roster of young up-and-coming players — to play to lose.
Luckily for the franchise and its upper management, full effort from the youngsters is still equating to plenty of losses.
Take Sunday night for instance. The Lakers dropped a contest by two points to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. L.A. saw strong performances from youngsters Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, but the team still came up short by two points.
The final score was 118-116, which is important for two reasons: The Lakers are still putting on a show, and they lost to a team threatening to steal their very draft pick.
Consider that loss a huge win.
On the season, Los Angeles is 20-45 overall. It has a road record of 8-27.
Against the spread, this team has been better. It is 28-35 ATS with a road record of 16-19.
Denver enters this contest with an overall record of 31-35. It is 17-16 within the comfy home confines of the Pepsi Center.
Against the Spread, the Nuggets are better this season. Despite their home record ATS being dead even with their SU record (17-16), they are 35-31 overall.
Although Denver isn’t going to push 50 wins this season, that’s not a problem. We’re a far cry from the days where it took 50 victories or more to get into the playoffs out West.
If Denver can play even a lick of defense in this one, it shouldn’t have a problem coming away with a win.
The problem is that that has been easier said than done this season for this group.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- Lakers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Lakers are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- Nuggets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
If Denver’s defense makes you nervous picking them ATS, that’s understandable. But this team is looking to do whatever it can to win, which in this case means simply running a far inferior opponent out of the gym.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: DEN ATS
The Lakers will score plenty of points in this one, but the Nuggets will get this by double-digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver Nuggets 125 – Lakers 110
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