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Trends Favor Denver in Nuggets-Lakers Contest

Under new head coach Luke Walton, the Los Angeles Lakers looked like a team that could compete for a playoff spot in the first month of the 2016-17 NBA campaign. In mid-January, the Lakers look like anything but a contender. L.A. will try to turn things around on Tuesday at home vs the Denver Nuggets. Oddsmakers initially set the Nuggets as 1.5-point underdogs with a total of 227.

Shark Bites
  • The Nuggets are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games against the Lakers.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Nuggets' last five games against the Lakers.
  • The Nuggets are 0-8 SU in their last eight games on the road after consecutive home games.

The Lakers have lost four straight games and 20 of 25 since going 10-10 to start the year. Los Angeles’ poor defense is the major reason for the slump, as the Lakeshow are giving up an average of 114.3 points during the four-game losing streak.

That’s a bad trend for Lakers bettors with the high-octane Nuggets in town. Denver averaged 132.5 points in back-to-back wins over Indiana and Orlando while shooting a season-best 58.4 percent in Monday’s 125-112 victory over the Magic after recording a season-high 140 points in Thursday’s 140-112 rout of the Pacers in London.

Denver has been an excellent SU play at the Staples Center in recent years. In the Nuggets’ last six vs the Lakers in Tinseltown, they’re 6-0 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Denver Nuggets listed as -1-point favorites earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 227 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Lakers to win this game 113-112. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Lakers sport a record of 15-30 and 19-25-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Denver Nuggets sit at 16-23 and 19-19-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 25-20 for the Los Angeles Lakers and 28-10-1 for the Denver Nuggets. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Denver injuries news.

The Lakers - Nuggets betting odds would favor the Nuggets if the lines were set according to power rankings. Los Angeles is rated No. 25 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Denver Nuggets sit at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Denver Nuggets rank No. 2 in the league with 46.9 per game. That compares with Los Angeles's No. 15 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA's No. 17-ranked team at 9.13 per game, while the Denver Nuggets rate No. 10 with 9.79 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Orlando was victimized for 30 points and 30 rebounds by Nikola Jokic as the Nuggets defeated the Magic 125-112 in NBA action on Monday.

Louis Williams went off for 26 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Detroit defeated Los Angeles, 102-97 at STAPLES Center.

Betting Trends
  • Denver is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Denver is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games
  • Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • LA Lakers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Denver at San Antonio, Thursday, January 19th
Los Angeles home to Indiana, Friday, January 20th

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