Lakers vs. Nuggets Free Pick
DENVER, CO (ATS Consultants) - The Lakers can reach the .500 mark for the first time since being 8-8 on November 30, but they need a win tonight versus the Nuggets at 9:00PM ET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Nuggets as 7-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 218.5 points. Denver is 35-22 overall and 23-3 at home, while Los Angeles is 28-29 overall and 10-18 on the road.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Nuggets opened as 6-point favorites but the spread has been bet up to 7 or 7.5 depending on what book you view. The total, meanwhile, opened at 217 but has been bet up to 218.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 59% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Lakers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Los Angeles. According to latest NBA trends, Denver is:2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Lakers have won three straight games including a 103-99 victory Sunday at Dallas as a 3-point betting dog. Denver bounced back with an easy win over Charlotte, 113-99 on Saturday after losing at Washington on Friday night. The Lakers are finally on the right track and need a win to reach the .500 mark for the first time since November. They have now won 11 of 15 games and are getting closer the eighth and final playoff spot. Kobe Bryant guaranteed that the Lakers would make the playoffs and so far, his words are starting to ring true. He is also getting back to form with 78 points in his last two games after really struggling with his shot. Steve Nash also put up 20 points against Dallas, which was the first time he reached that mark with the Lakers. On of Denver's best player is Danilo Gallinari, who is averaging 16.9 points to lead the team but he's not 100 percent as he's dealing with a thigh injury. Expect the Lakers to slow this game down and protect the paint with Dwight Howard, making this a very close game.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: LOS ANGELES LAKERS +7