Lakers vs Denver Nuggets NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction 4/22/2024

The Los Angeles Lakers (47-35) travel to face off against the Denver Nuggets (57-25) on Monday, April 22nd. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver and televised on TNT. The Nuggets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lakers. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.

Lakers vs Nuggets

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Heading into the most recent game of this Lakers vs. Nuggets series, Los Angeles held a 33-25 lead after the first quarter. However, the Nuggets outscored the Lakers 32-27 in the 2nd quarter and 32-18 in the 3rd to take a 89-78 lead into the 4th. Denver went on to win the game by a score of 114-103. The Nuggets were favored by 6.5 points and easily covered the spread. The game also fell 10 points short of the over/under line of 227 points.

Anthony Davis had a big game for the Lakers, finishing with 32 points and 14 rebounds. LeBron James added 27 points of his own. Nikola Jokic matched Davis’s scoring output with 32 points of his own, and also added 12 rebounds. Jamal Murray was the Nuggets’ second-leading scorer with 22 points.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

The Lakers step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 118 points per game (6th).

LeBron James has been carrying the Lakers’ offense of late, averaging 29.6 points per game over his last five games. This has come while hitting 55.1% of his shots from the field. Across his last four games, Anthony Davis has put up 29.5 points and 13.5 rebounds. Looking at the Lakers’ team numbers, they are the 3rd most accurate shooting team this year and the 5th most efficient team in terms of true shooting percentage.

Los Angeles is averaging 118 points per game this season, which is the 6th best mark in the league. Their pace of 101.2 possessions per game is the 4th highest figure in the NBA. Despite being near the top of the league in three-point shooting efficiency, they are 29th in three-point attempts.

Nuggets Offense Breakdown

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In 82 games games, Denver has an average of 114.9 points per game (13th).

Denver comes into the game as the NBA’s 13th ranked scoring team, at 114.9 points per game. Their home scoring average of 118.4 points per contest is 10th in the league. Despite being near the bottom of the league in three-point attempts, the Nuggets are 4th in field goal percentage, at 49%.

Nikola Jokic is averaging 27.6 points per game over his last five games, while shooting 67.8% from the field. In these games, he has averaged 1.2 made threes per game, on a three-point shooting percentage of 66.7%. For the season, Jokic is averaging 26.4 points, 9 assists, and 12.4 rebounds. Jamal Murray’s season scoring average is 21.2 points per game, and he is averaging 25.2 points per game over his last five games.

Lakers Team Defense

The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 23rd in the league, allowing an average of 117.3 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Lakers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.1% while allowing 37.6% from downtown.

Nuggets Team Defense

Denver’s defense has been playing well, ranking 6th in the NBA with 109.5 points allowed per game. The Denver defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Denver.

Key Players For The Lakers And Nuggets

The outlook for today’s matchup points to LeBron James as the primary point contributor for the Lakers, finishing with 26 points while maintaining a 10/18 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.7 points per game, along with 7.3 rebounds.

As for Denver, Nikola Jokic is projected to be the primary scorer for the Nuggets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 27, and adding 12 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and his scoring average is 26.4 points per game.

Lakers vs Nuggets Trends

  • Across their five previous road games, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 2-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 4-1 while averaging 117 points per game.
  • In their last five games at home, the Nuggets have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 114 points per game in this stretch.
  • Going back to their last five games as the underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 2-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 2-3.
  • The Nuggets have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.

Lakers vs Nuggets Prediction

Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +7.5, the Lakers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 223.5, and our model predicts the Lakers and Nuggets to score a combined 233 points. We recommend betting on the over.

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