Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers - 2/4/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Lakers (16-6) vs Denver Nuggets (12-8)
Game Info: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Denver Nuggets look for a statement win after winning 11 of their last 15 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 116.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.8 points and 11.8 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.9 points and 4.4 assists. Michel Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is grabbing four rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.8 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25 points and 7.7 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.3 points and 3.3 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 42-19-3 in Nuggets last 64 overall. The under is 19-7 in Lakers last 26 overall. The over is 24-8-2 in the last 34 meetings.
The Denver Nuggets appear to have figured things out after a slow start and they should treat this like a revenge game considering they lost to the Lakers in the Conference Finals. There's always value to getting good teams and free points, but the Lakers at home is a tough spot to bet against, as they're winning by an average of 6.5 points while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. This feels like a spot where the Nuggets will put up a fight but eventually run out of gas in the fourth quarter. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Lakers.