Nuggets vs. Lakers Prediction
Will the Nuggets roll tonight as a small road favorite when they visit the Lakers at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Lakers are 3-point home underdogs versus the Nuggets after opening as a 3.5-point dog. As for the total, the number also hit the board at 228 and has been bet down to 227.
The Nuggets have won seven of their last 10 games overall and are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games. They've won three straight games, including a 123-112 victory at Phoenix on Saturday as a 3.5-point underdog. Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 32 points on 9-of-14 shooting in their win over the Suns, while Kenneth Faried scored 21 points and nabbed 12 rebounds.
The Lakers have dropped eight of 10 overall and are just 4-6 at the betting window over their last 10 games. They've dropped three-straight games, including a 96-88 loss at the Jazz last week. Despite practicing on Monday, Julius Randle will not play tonight against the Nuggets due to having pneumonia. He has been cleared to return to the team and will resume basketball activities, so he should play on Thursday when the Lakers take on the Wizards.
OUR PREDICTION: The Nuggets are a perfect 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games in Los Angeles and have covered in six of their last seven games overall versus the Lakers. They're also 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall, are 5-1 against the number in their last six games coming off a win, and are 5-0 at the betting window in their last five games when taking on an opponent with a losing record. The road team has covered in nine of the last 11 meetings between these two teams as well.
TUESDAY NBA PREDICTION: DENVER NUGGETS -3