Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers - 12/16/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the crypto.com Arena. The Denver Nuggets have won 7 of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 4 of their last 5 games.

The Denver Nuggets are averaging 116 points on 50.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 17.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Porter Jr. is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 115 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 116.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 12.4 rebounds, while LeBron James is averaging 26.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Lonnie Walker IV is the third double-digit scorer and Russell Westbrook is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Nuggets last 8 Friday games. The over is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Denver Nuggets aren't nearly as good on the road as they are at home, where they actually lose by an average of 3.8 points and allow 50.7 percent shooting. The Los Angeles Lakers should be eager to get that nasty taste out of their mouth after blowing the game against the Celtics. AD and LeBron are listed as probable. A toss up game at home, I'd expect the Lakers to come out with a point to prove. Give me the Lakers.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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