At 10:00 ET, the Denver Nuggets (-167) will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (+138) in a Western Conference matchup. The Nuggets (35-16) are currently favored by 3.5 points and have won two straight games.

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena and can be seen on TNT.

DENVER NUGGETS VS LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +3.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-114 in favor of the Lakers.
  • Our projections have Anthony Davis finishing with Anthony Davis points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.5% and knocking down 12 threes.

Will Denver Come Through as Road Favorites?

Overall, the Nuggets are 35-16 this season, which is good for 3rd place in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 16-5 compared to 19-11 against Western Conference opponents.

On the road, Denver is 14-12 straight-up and 9-16 against the spread. Their ATS record on the road is 9-16, and they are 21-28 overall this season. The Nuggets have won two straight games vs. the spread on the road.

In their last game, the Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers by a score of 112-103. The O/U line for that game was 220.5, and Denver was favored by 15 points. This improved their ATS record to 18-25 as the favorite.

This season, the average O/U line in Nuggets games is 227.5, and their games have averaged 225.4 points. Today's line is set at 231, and their O/U record for the season is 18-32-1.

In the Western Conference standings, the Nuggets are currently in 3rd place. They are 3.5-point favorites for today's game against the Lakers.

This season, the Nuggets are averaging 114.8 points per game, which is 16th in the league. However, on the road, they are scoring just 110.2 points per game (24th).

Denver's offense is one of the most efficient in the league, shooting 49% from the field (6th). They are also 8th in two-point field goal percentage (56%).

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Nuggets are 12th in the league at 37%. However, they are just 26th in three-point makes per game (11.5).

At present, the Nuggets' defense is ranked 4th, allowing 110.6 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Nuggets are causing 11.5 turnovers per game, ranking 2nd in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 13th in rejections, averaging 5.4 blocked shots each game.

Will the Lakers Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

Today, the Lakers are looking to extend their winning streak to four games as they face the Nuggets. In their last game, the Lakers defeated the Hornets by a score of 124-118. The combined scoring in that game was 242 points, which easily went over the O/U line of 227.

As the favorite, the Lakers are 19-10 this season and have gone 12-17 against the spread in those games. As the underdog, they are 8-15 straight-up and 11-12 ATS. Today, they are getting 3.5 points at home.

In Western Conference play, the Lakers are 18-16 compared to 9-9 against non-conference opponents. This puts them in 9th place in the West, just outside of the playoff picture. In the Pacific Division, they are 4th.

This season, the Lakers have an O/U record of 29-23, and their games have averaged 233.3 points per game. Today's O/U line is set at 231.

For the season, the Lakers are 23-29 against the spread and 12-13 ATS at home. On the road, they are 11-16 ATS. In their last two home games, they have covered the spread.

Coming into this game, the Lakers are 14th in the NBA in scoring at 116.2 points per game. At home, they are averaging 116.7 points per game compared to 115.8 on the road.

When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 6th in the league at 101.2 possessions per game. They are also 7th in field goal percentage at 49%.

One area where the Lakers have struggled this season is three-point shooting. They are 30th in the NBA in three-point attempts and 28th in made threes at 11.3 per game. Overall, they are hitting 36% of their shots from beyond the arc.

Defensively, the Lakers come into today's game ranked 18th in the NBA at 117.1 points per game allowed. However, they have shown signs of improvements lately, ranking 15th in the league over their last three games. On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers' defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.1% and allowing 37.7% from beyond the arc.