Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/22/2019 Odds Picks and Previews
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Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/22/2019 – The Los Angeles Lakers just lost two straight games against the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks to end their five-game Eastern Conference swing. They now return home to host the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California this Sunday, December 22 at 9:30 pm Eastern Time. After losing three-straight games, the Nuggets are on a roll with a five-game winning streak but NBA Over Under Picks see the Lakers ending their streak. This match will be shown on TV at the Spectrum Sportsnet while NBA League Pass will stream it for their subscribers.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/22/2019
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/22/2019 Betting Odds
Denver Nuggets Betting
Nikola Jokic’s numbers may not be at par with last season but he is still very effective when inside the floor. In the last 27 games, Jokic did 17.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists. But last week, his numbers have jacked up to 23.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists. Hence, the Nuggets won five straight games but all of them were done on their home floor. Prior to that, they were on an Eastern Conference trip but won only one of their four games. The last time this team faced the Lakers, they lost and Jokic had a bad night facing the defense of the Lakers on him. With a rejuvenated Jokic, they hope that he brings his best game and challenges the defense of Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee on him.
Players to watch: J. Murray PG 27 GP 27 GS 31.9 MIN 17.9 PTS 0.9 OR 3.5 DR 4.4 REB 4.4 AST 1.4 STL 0.3 BLK 2.3 TO 1.7 PF 2 AST/TO 17.53 PER
Los Angeles Lakers Betting
Reports are already surfacing that LeBron James might miss this game against the Nuggets as Brian Windhorst reported that he has a thoracic muscle strain. If that happens, Anthony Davis will have to put this team on his back with Kyle Kuzma also doubtful for this game. In their last meeting with the Nuggets, Davis had a better game against Jokic with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Without James and/or Kuzma, Lakers will need Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green to be efficient on the wings with Rajon Rondo at the point guard position. JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard combined puts 13.9 points, 13 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game sharing the center spot on the Lakers roster. But if James and/or Kuzma plays, this should swing over the advantage to the Lakers to give the Nuggets more matchup problems.
Players to Watch: A. Davis PF 27 GP 27 GS 35 MIN 27.7 PTS 2.4 OR 6.9 DR 9.4 REB 3.3 AST 1.4 STL 2.6 BLK 2.3 TO 2.5 PF 1.5 AST/TO 29.42 PER
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/22/2019 Betting Numbers
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Denver’s last 15 games.
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Paul Millsap PF Knee left last game, is “?” Sunday vs LA Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James SF Back is doubtful Sunday vs Denver
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks
The Lakers are given an edge over the Nuggets in a fair -6.5 points according to Online Sportsbook prior to the announcement of James being doubtful for this match. It should be closer but eventually, the Lakers will still prevail since they don’t want to go to their Christmas game against the Clippers on a three-game losing streak.
Moneyline: Lakers are expected to win this at home and they are owning an ML of -310 over the Nuggets that are at +250.
ATS: This is a 6.5 spread between the teams with the Lakers having a -6.5 and the Nuggets on the opposite side at +6.5.
TOTALs: The Lakers and Nuggets are projected to reach 207.6 points total with Denver going over.
Score Prediction: 110 – 107 Lakers