Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Lakers vs Nuggets Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Denver Nuggets Tuesday December 22 at Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Los Angeles Lakers (4-23) vs. Denver Nuggets (11-16)
Date: December 22
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: -240
NBA Betting Odds: Denver -5
NBA Betting Total: 204
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It’s been a bad season for the Lakers, but things took a turn for the worse last time out as they look to rebound in Denver against the Nuggets on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles was embarrassed in a 118-78 loss to Oklahoma City last time out. It was just 8 points shy of the teams worse loss in franchise history.
Denver scored 125 points against the Pelicans, but still found a way to lose as they allowed 130 in a loss that really fired up head coach Michael Malone.
It’s been quite the rebuilding process for Los Angeles and their young team really took a shot to the gut in the 40 point loss to Oklahoma City last time out.
Head coach Byron Scott let the team know after the game just how pathetic they played, but also made sure he told them it was a learning experience as it now only matters how they rebound following their poor play.
G Kobe Bryant is expected to be back in the lineup after missing the matchup against the Thunder. Kobe hurt his shoulder on a dunk against the Rockets, but that has been just a minimal problem for that shoulder as he’s had rotator cuff surgery on it in the past.
SG Lou Williams continues to continues to be the best acquisition for the Lakers. He’s scored double digits in 10 straight games. During the stretch, Williams is averaging 16.9 points per game.
Los Angeles brings in a road record of just 2-16 SU. They’re averaging just 95.0 points per road game this season.
Like Byron Scott, Denver head coach Michael Malone is just as frustrated with his team.
Offensively they’re fine. However, on defense they were embarrassed against the Pelicans. The Nuggets allowed 130 points in their worst showing of the season as Michael Malone let his team know how he felt after the loss.
He called his team’s performance embarrassing and said their was no excuse for allowing 30 point plus quarters.
Both Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) missed Sunday’s contest and are listed as QUESTIONABLE for Tuesday. Michael Malone did mention that there is a better chance Gallinari plays than Arthur in this one.
Denver has won the last 3 meetings head-to-head, which includes a 120-109 win on Nov. 3 of this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Lakers are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following a straight up loss.
- Nuggets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference.
- Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free NBA Prediction:
Both teams will come out hard here after their head coaches really let them have it after their losses.
With Bryant back in the lineup, the Lakers should get more of a boost as both Gallinari and Arthur remain questionable.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles ATS
The Lakers go on the road and grab a very rare road win here behind Bryant and Williams.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 110- Denver 105
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