Lakers vs. Nuggets Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Will L.A. Rise to the Occasion in Denver?
Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Anthony Davis (3), Kyle Kuzma (0), LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers at Nuggets Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions
- Spread: Lakers -2.5
- Over/Under: 220
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
Odds as of Wednesday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
Their overall record might not reflect it, but the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t been same dominant team from earlier in the season — especially on defense.
Over their past 10 games they rank in the middle of the pack in defensive rating and are on the road facing the fourth-best offense in the NBA over the same stretch.
Can bettors expect the Lakers to be motivated against the Nuggets in their last game before the all-star break? Our NBA experts preview the betting angles of the matchup including their picks below.
Betting Trend to Know
The Nuggets (38-16) are 2.5-point home dogs against the Lakers (40-12). When two good teams (won at least 70% of games) play, the underdog has gone 204-173-7 (54%) ATS in the regular season since 2005.
Home dogs, like the Nuggets, have gone 47-32-4 (60%) ATS. -- John Ewing
Matt Moore: Leaning (but Leery) Toward Denver
This basically comes down to whether the Nuggets can make shots on offense and stop the Lakers from executing lob passes on defense. I know that first part is essential to winning any basketball game, but it’s also been a struggle for Denver.