Nuggets-Lakers Betting Preview: Does LA Have Anything Left in the Tank?

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Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

  • Spread: Nuggets -5.5
  • Over/Under: 230.5
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN

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After three-consecutive losses and no schedule relief in sight, the Lakers are back in the Staples Center facing the second-best team in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets.

The Lakers’ odds to make the playoffs are off the board at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and they have a 2% chance to make the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight with three teams ahead of them in the standings.

Is there any hope left for the Lake Show vs. a Nuggets team that looks like a true contender? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

The Lakers’ defense this season has been an absolute roller coaster, but since Lonzo Ball went down with an injury on Jan. 21, they have fallen off a cliff. The Lakers defensive efficiency was 104.7 before Lonzo’s injury, seventh in the NBA. Since, the Lakers defensive efficiency is 114.6, 29th and second-worst in the NBA. — Evan Abrams

The Lakers are coming off a disappointing Staples Center Showdown loss to the Clippers on Monday. Dating back to 2005, the Lakers are 29-24-1 ATS in gamea after facing the Clippers, their third-most profitable previous opponent over that span, making bettors 3.9 units. The Lakers have covered the spread in seven consecutive games coming off a meeting against the Clippers. — Abrams

The Lakers are the second-least profitable team in the NBA this season with a 26-37-1 ATS record. LA has struggled against bad teams going 9-22-1 ATS when facing an opponent with a losing record, but LeBron & Co. are a profitable 16-10 ATS when playing a team with a winning record like the Nuggets. — John Ewing

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