Two Western Conference teams coming off three straight defeats are clashing tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers (30-34), who have been struggling for a while now having won only once in their last 6 games, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (42-21), who haven’t been doing much better and want to end their current losing streak.
Date/Time: 03-06-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +5.5
Los Angeles Lakers have a 30-34 record (26-36-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Timberwolves in the 10th place of the West. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Clippers with a 105-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27 ppg, adding 8 dimes and a team high 8.7 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.8 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 42-21 record (34-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Spurs with a 103-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.6 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.6 and in boards grabbed with 10.7 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.3 ppg, 4.2 boards and 5 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Lakers by 7 points and Nuggets by 32). Lakers have a 18-14 home record, while the Nuggets are 15-15 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 112.3 and 112.1 ppg, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107.2 ppg to Lakers’ 113.9. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 46.8%), while Nuggets have a better 3-point percentage (35.6% to 33.6%). Nuggets are better both in dimes made (27.6 to 25.3), in turnovers committed (13.1 to 15.3) and in boards grabbed (46.8 to 46.4). Both teams are struggling and Vegas odds give the Nuggets a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Lakers squad.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Denver Nuggets -5.5 (-107)
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