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Nuggets open as NBA underdog vs Lakers

Denver NuggetsLos Angeles Lakers
15-17January 05, 2014, 09:30 | STAPLES Center14-19

The Lakers will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Nuggets at STAPLES Center in NBA wagering action.

The Nuggets will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 12-19-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Lakers are 19-14 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Denver is 13-19 on the totals; Los Angeles is 16-17.

View Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Nuggets before tip-off in this one found them as 2-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 203.5 at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Lakers and the No. 16-ranked Nuggets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 92-90 result in favor of the Nuggets.

The Nuggets were a 111-108 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (219) made winners of OVER bettors. The Nuggets grabbed a 111-108 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, behind an 18 -point effort from Ty Lawson at Pepsi Center.

Los Angeles was a 110-99 winner in its last match at home against the Jazz. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 209 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Lakers got a 23-point performance from Pau Gasol, who added 17 rebounds as Los Angeles ran past Utah 110-99 on Friday at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nuggets rank No. 6 in the league with 45.38 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 13 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 4-ranked team at 9.39 per game, while the Nuggets rate No. 18 with 7.31 per contest.

Next up:
Denver home to Boston, Tuesday, January 7th
Los Angeles at Dallas, Tuesday, January 7th