The 2023-24 NBA Opening Night odds have the Nuggets favored over the Lakers.

NBA Opening Night Odds: Dubs, Nuggets Favored In The Spotlight

The 2023-24 NBA schedule is out, and there are scores of marquee games to watch. But opening night has its unique shine, so we've zeroed in on the first two games of the season.

This year's NBA season begins October 24 with a star-studded doubleheader.

NBA Opening Night Odds

Here are the NBA opening night odds.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets

NBA Opening Night: Lakers vs Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers+4.5 (-110)+170O 227.5 (-110)
Denver Nuggets-4.5 (-110)-200U 227.5 (-110)

Pick: Nuggets -4.5 (-110)

Do you really expect me to pick against the defending NBA champions on opening night? The Nugs might not have as much depth this season, but they'll still have perennial MVP candidate Nikola Jokic, and that's enough to bury the Lakers.

A more damning stat: the Nuggets are 5-3 ATS in their last eight opening nights, while the Lakers are just 1-7 ATS during that span.

Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors

NBA Opening Night: Suns vs Warriors
Phoenix Suns+1.0 (-110)-105O 232.5 (-110)
Golden State Warriors-1.0 (-110)-115U 232.5 (-110)

Pick: Warriors -1.0 (-110)

I'm fired up for the new-look Suns team. Adios Chris Paul; hello Bradley Beal. But look at the NBA stirring up some drama by pitting Paul and the Warriors against his former club. Funny how that works.

The idea of a revenge-game Paul frightens me just a tad. And that's part of the reason why I'm leaning Dubs. As the spread suggests, this game should be really close, but I'll take Golden State -1.5

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