In this duel between two Western Conference squads sitting outside the playoff places but with only one having hopes of reaching them, the Los Angeles Lakers (30-36), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (37-30), who want to continue on the winning ways in order to get back to the top-8.
Date/Time: 03-13-2018, 21:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +2
Lakers have a 30-36 record (35-30 against the spread) so far this season. LA currently resides in the 11th slot of the overall Western Conference standings. They are 7-2 in their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against the Lakers with a 127-113 score, beating the odds. They show impressive offensive pluralism with seven players in double digit scoring, led by Brandon Ingram with 16.2 ppg. The injured rookie point guard adds 5.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Isiah Thomas with 15.9 ppg and 5.7 assists, while Julius Randle adds 15.5 ppg and a team high 7.7 rebounds per game.
Nuggets have a 37-30 record (31-33-3 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with three more teams in the 7th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 130-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.8 ppg. While Nikola Jokic contributes 17.2 ppg. In addition Jokic contributes team highs both in rebounding, with 10.4 per game and in assists made, with 6 per game. Jamal Murray adds 16.2 ppg.
Nuggets lead the Lakers 2-1 wins so far this season with each team having won at home. The previous matchup in LA ended with a 127-109 score. Lakers are 17-15 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 11-20 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 109.2 ppg to Lakers’ 108.7 and they are also better defensively, allowing 107.9 ppg to Lakers’ 110.2. Nuggets also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.09% to Lakers’ 46.24% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.87% to Lakers’ 34.52%. They are also better in assists made, with 25 to Lakers’ 24, while Lakers are better in rebounding, grabbing 46.4 to Nuggets’ 44.2. Nuggets have been very inefficient on the road throughout the season and Lakers have been playing much better lately. Vegas odds give the Nuggets a -2 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Lakers for the home victory.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers +2 (-108)
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