One-Sided Action for Nuggets
The Los Angeles Lakers ride a five-game winning streak, but the sportsbook isn’t giving the visitors much respect against the Denver Nuggets.
Denver is the -10 favorite to hand the Lakers their 22nd loss. For the Nuggets, winning on Monday would establish a 27-13 record, so they’re flying high in the Western Conference.
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Lakers vs Nuggets. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Los Angeles Putting on a Show
Winning hasn’t come easy for the Lakers, but the confidence levels are rising after five wins on the bounce.
It started with a 130-121 road win against Atlanta and continued with wins over Charlotte, Miami, Atlanta again, and Sacramento. They haven’t been beating the best teams in the NBA but scoring 130 points or more in their last two games is a bonus.
Despite having Anthony Davis missing in action, LeBron James has stood up when they needed him to. He’s averaging 29.1 points per game and has had some monumental games over the last few weeks.
“Trending in the right direction and learning from our mistakes,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “At the end of the day, everything we have gone through, I think has been a huge education for us. We are trending in the right direction currently.”
However, does that mean the Lakers will cover the betting online spread against the Nuggets? Recent history suggests it would, with the Lakers covering the last two spreads at home. However, the Nuggets won 110-99 when they last played in Denver.
Giving 10 points to a team like the Lakers is generous, so despite most of the early money coming for the Nuggets, the line could move into around +9.
Nuggets Continue to Find Gold
Boasting a 16-3 home record, the Nuggets are proving a value bet and could continue their winning ways against the Lakers.
Their confidence levels are through the roof after easily beating the Clippers and Cavaliers in their last two games. Despite tapered expectations with NBA betting markets before the season started, the Nuggets are showing that they’re an NBA title threat.
They have also beaten the Heat and Celtics in their last five games, so they’re knocking off all the best teams in the competition and will see the Lakers as an easier game. However, the Lakers are 2-1 against the Nuggets, so there’s a point to prove on Monday.
The Nuggets are 20-19 against the spread, so they have been a better bet than the Lakers. When favored to win by double digits, they are 4-2.
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Lakers vs Nuggets Head-to-Head
The Lakers have a 6-4 advantage from their last 10 games against the Nuggets, including the last two games.
Their most recent meeting came in Los Angeles, with the Lakers winning 126-108 as the +1½ underdogs. However, the Lakers are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Denver.
Lakers vs Nuggets Game Information
- Game: Lakers (19-21) vs Nuggets (26-13)
- Day/Time: Monday, Jan. 9, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- Lakers vs Nuggets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Lakers vs Nuggets Picks & Prediction
The Nuggets are tough to beat at home, so we don’t think the Lakers will come out ahead. However, the +10 line is too big to ignore.
If James is anywhere near his best, it should be enough to keep it close and it could come down to the fourth quarter.
The Lakers have lost by double digits only twice from their last 10 games, so take the Lakers +10 and parlay it with over 239½ in what should be a high-scoring contest.
Los Angeles is listed at +340 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Lakers, there’s a chance to win $340. Denver is -450, offering a chance to win $22 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Los Angeles a 22.73% chance to win, with the Nuggets at 81.82%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Even with LeBron James and Anthony Davis in tow, the Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the worst teams to start the season. They are 0-3, and it’s worth mentioning that everyone is healthy right now.
Normally, when this team struggles to win or cover the NBA betting odds, they’re dealing with injuries. That’s not the case right now.
As for the Denver Nuggets, they’ve been a mixed bag so far. They are still trying to work both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back from injuries that forced them to miss all of last season.
They’ve managed a 2-2 record with impressive wins and disappointing defeats. Can they cash in for those who bet online in this spot?
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