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Lakers vs Nuggets Betting Matchup Report

Denver NuggetsLos Angeles Lakers
Dec 31, 3:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

2-1TEAM RECORD2-2

The Lakers will try to cover the spread at STAPLES Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Nuggets in basketball action.

The Lakers bring a 2-2 record (3-1 ATS) to the battle against the 2-1 Nuggets, who are 2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 0-4 so far and the Nuggets go 3-0.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 200 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 7-rated Nuggets taking on the No. 2-rated Lakers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 108-106 win for the Nuggets on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 18-ranked offense (93.2 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 26 at 101.3 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, less than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (47.6% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Nuggets own the league's No. 25-rated mark, allowing 102 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in home scoring.

The Nuggets were a 111-102 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 5.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (213) made winners of OVER bettors. Ty Lawson scored 25 points for Denver on Thursday, but the Trail Blazers managed a 111-102 victory over the Nuggets at Rose Garden.

The Lakers were a 99-82 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They covered the 3.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (181) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Lakers got a 28-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Los Angeles ran past New York 99-82 on Thursday at STAPLES Center.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Portland are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing New York are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Nuggets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Denver is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
Denver is 17-6-2 ATS in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing at home against Denver
LA Lakers are 17-4 SU in their last 21 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home

Next up:
Denver home to LA Lakers, Sunday, January 1
LA Lakers at Denver, Sunday, January 1

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