Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers - 8/10/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers - 8/10/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (46-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (51-18)

NBA Basketball: Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Monday in NBA action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look for a statement win after winning three of their last four games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 111.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.6 points on 46 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 20.4 points and 10 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.9 points and 4.9 assists. Will Barton is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26. 1points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 10.3 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is grabbing two rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Monday games. The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Nuggets last 5 overall. The under is 7-2 in Lakers last 9 overall. The Nuggets are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Denver Nuggets are able to crawl out victories undermanned, and now they got Jamal Murray back in the lineup, providing a major boost to a team that still has a shot at getting the second seed in the West. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost three straight games and there's really no motivation for a club that has the top seed locked up. The Nuggets and Lakers played twice this season, and Denver won the first game in December at home by 24 points and the other game was on the road in February, and that game went to overtime. The Nuggets are the team in better form, have more to play for and have shown they can hang with these Lakers.

I'll take the points.

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