Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets odds, picks and best bets

The Los Angeles Lakers (40-12) will take on the Denver Nuggets (38-16) at Pepsi Center Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET. We analyze the Lakers-Nuggets odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.


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Lakers at Nuggets: Key injuries

Lakers

  • C DeMarcus Cousins (knee) out
  • PF Anthony Davis (finger) probable

Nuggets

  • SG Will Barton (knee) out\
  • C Bol Bol (foot) out
  • PG P.J. Dozier (hip) probable
  • SF Michael Porter Jr. (ankle) out
  • PF Mason Plumlee (foot) out

Lakers at Nuggets: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Lakers 114, Nuggets 112

Moneyline (ML)

The Lakers are seeking their first three-game winning streak since the middle of January, while the Nuggets have won four in a row. Denver has won each of its last four home games, too, playing some excellent basketball as of late.

The Lakers are the healthier team right now and the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be too much for Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets. Take the LAKERS (-143) to win outright on the road.

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Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

The Lakers come in as 2.5-point road favorites, making this the 11th straight game in which they’ve been favored. They’re only 4-6 ATS in that span, while the Nuggets have covered the spread in eight of their last 10 games.

Additionally, the Lakers are only 6-12 in their last 18 games against the Nuggets and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games in Denver. Take the NUGGETS +2.5 (-115) to cover the spread.

Over/Under (O/U)

The Over/Under is only 219.5, largely because both defenses rank in the top 10 of the NBA. The Lakers are the best shooting team in the league at 48.77% and should be able to find high-percentage shots against the Nuggets.

The total has gone Over in five of the Nuggets’ last six games and in 11 of the Lakers’ last 15 games. Take the OVER 219.5 (-115) Wednesday.

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