Nuggets vs. Lakers Prediction

NBA Predictions: Are Lakers a safe bet to beat the Nuggets? 1/17/17

Are the Lakers a safe bet to beat and cover against the Nuggets tonight when they host Denver at 10:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Lakers are now 1.5-point home favorites over the Nuggets after opening as a 1-point underdog. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 227 and has been bet up to 227.5.

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The Nuggets are coming off back-to-back wins over the Pacers and Magic at home. Nikola Jokic was fantastic in the win over Orlando, scoring a career-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a 3-pointer. Emmanuel Mudiay also handed out a career-high 13 assists to go along with 18 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two steals in the victory.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are headed in the opposite direction. They have lost four-straight games and are coming off a 102-97 loss to the Pistons. D'Angelo Russell did score 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in the loss, while Luol Deng returned from a rest day to score two points with seven boards and one assist on 1-of-6 shooting.

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OUR PREDICTION: I'll take the team playing better at the moment over the one that hasn't notched a victory in four consecutive games. Plus, the Nuggets are a perfect 6-0 against the spread in their last six road games versus the Lakers and have covered in five of their last six games overall versus Los Angeles. The road team has also killed it at the betting window in this matchup, covering in eight of the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

 

TUESDAY NBA PREDICTION: DENVER NUGGETS +1.5

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