Check out our free Lakers vs Nuggets pick and preview for this NBA game in Denver. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Lakers vs Nuggets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets
- Where: Denver at Ball Arena
- Date: Monday, January 9th
- Betting Odds DEN -8.5, LAL +305 | DEN -390 O/U 239.0
The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-21. So far, the team has gone 18-20-2 against the spread. Against the Nuggets, the Lakers are looking to add to their current 5 game winning streak. Team has an average scoring margin of 7.2 in these matchups.
Los Angeles is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Kings. With the 136-134 victory, they also covered the spread as 7 point underdogs. In the game, the two teams entered halftime all tied up at 73. Leading the team in scoring was LeBron James, as he contributed 37 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
So far, the Nuggets have put together an overall record of 26-13, while going 20-19-0 vs the spread. In today’s game, Denver will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 22.0 points.
In their previous game, the Nuggets took down the Cavaliers by a score of 121-108. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 5 point favorites. Although Denver held just a 4 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 13 point victory. In the win, Nikola Jokic led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 58.8%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Lakers averaged 120.0 points per game vs Denver, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Nuggets also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 134.33 points per game vs Los Angeles. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Lakers have an average scoring margin of +3 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. Los Angeles and Denver averaged a combined 241 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Lakers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.8 points per game (6th). Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.4 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Los Angeles is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 102.6 possessions per game.
Currently, the Lakers defense is ranked 28th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.15 points per game vs the unit.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Lakers 2nd leading scorer, Anthony Davis. In his 25 games, Davis is averaging 27.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists and grabbing 12.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of LeBron James, who leads the team and is 8th in the NBA at 29.1 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 51.0% of his field goal attempts while taking 25.2% of the team’s shots from the floor.
The Denver offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 7th ranked offense at 116.7 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.3 per contest. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 50.9%.
Currently, the Nuggets defense is ranked 14th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.41 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets in scoring at 25.3 points per game, placing him 20th in the NBA. Overall, Jokic has hit 61.3% of his shots while accounting for 18.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 21st in points allowed to centers. At 18.0 points per game, Jamal Murray is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nuggets. For the season, he is 100th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.8%.
Lakers vs Nuggets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nuggets -8.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 239.0