The Lakers and Nuggets are set to face off at 7:30 ET on TNT. The Nuggets will host the game at Ball Arena in Denver, CO. The over/under for this Western conference contest is set at 227.5 points, with the Nuggets being the favored team playing at home against the Lakers.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS DENVER NUGGETS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +4.5 at BetDSI
This game will be played at Ball Arena at 7:30 ET on Tuesday, October 24th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-110 in favor of the Lakers.
- Our projections have LeBron James finishing with LeBron James points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
- From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.9% and knocking down 10 threes.
Will Los Angeles Shock Everyone at Ball Arena?
Los Angeles finished last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, belonging to the Western Conference and Pacific Division, achieving a conference rank of 7th. They maintained a conference record of 27-25 and an overall record of 43-39. Additionally, their over/under record stood at 43-38-1.
Los Angeles’ offense was led by LeBron James, who recorded an effective field goal percentage of 55% as the leading scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers last season (2022-2023). Moreover, he averaged 28.9 points per game and achieved 18 double doubles.
Last year’s offense ended with the Los Angeles Lakers averaging 117.2 points per game in the NBA, placing them 6th in the league. They also had 101.8 possessions per game, ranking 2nd in the NBA. Furthermore, the Lakers attempted the highest number of free throws per game at 26.6, and made 20.6 free throws per game, placing them 2nd in the league.
Los Angeles’ defense wrapped up last season with a 20th rank in points allowed per game. They also ranked 26th in steals per game. In terms of defense, they allowed a three-point percentage of 34.1, which was the 2nd best in the NBA, and a field goal percentage of 47.0, which ranked 9th in the NBA.
Can the Nuggets Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?
Denver achieved a 1st place ranking in the Western Conference during the 2022-2023 season, with a 34-18 record. Furthermore, their overall performance showcased a commendable 53-29 record, including an over/under record of 37-44-1.
The Denver Nuggets finished last season, with Nikola Jokic, their top scorer, achieving double doubles in 20 games during the 2022-2023 season. Furthermore, he led the team in rebounds with an average of 11.2 per game. Additionally, Jokic also topped the team in points per game, averaging 26.4.
Last year’s offense ended with the Denver Nuggets ranking 17th in the NBA, averaging 10.1 offensive rebounds per game. They ranked 24th in the league with 22.4 free throws attempted per game. Denver’s scoring average of 115.8 points per game placed them 12th in the NBA.
Denver’s defense wrapped up last season with a points allowed per game ranking of 8th, averaging 112.5. They also had a blocked shots per game ranking of 20th, averaging 4.5. Additionally, their steals per game ranking was 11th, with an average of 7.5, and their field goal percentage allowed ranking was 20th, with a percentage of 47.8.