Nuggets vs Lakers Prediction NBA Picks 2/8/24

Los Angeles Lakers (28-25) vs Denver Nuggets (35-16)

Game Info: Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Denver Nuggets look for a win after winning 4 of their last 5 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are riding a 3-game winning streak. Let’s preview this game and give out a Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction.

Denver Nuggets Betting Preview

The Denver Nuggets recently lost to the Thunder while beating the Trail Blazers. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 114.8 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.3 points and 12.2 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 21 points and 4 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics, Knicks, and Hornets during this streak. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 116.2 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.9 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 24.7 points and 12.3 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Lakers Player Facts

  • D'Angelo Russell ranks 21st amongst qualified players for assists per game (6.2) this season.
  • Austin Reaves ranks 27th amongst qualified players for FT% (86.3%) this season.

Denver Nuggets Player Facts

  • Nikola Jokic is one of only two qualified players in the league averaging at least 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this season.
  • Jamal Murray ranks 12th amongst qualified players for assists per game (6.6) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (8.3).
  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (30.7).
  • The Nuggets rank 1st in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (26.7).
  • The Nuggets rank 2nd in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (11.3).

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction

The Denver Nuggets are going to be favored against the Lakers because they've owned them in recent meetings, and they're just the better team overall. However, the Los Angeles Lakers have put together possibly their best week of the season, which included road wins over the Celtics and Knicks. It could have been a turning point for the Lakers and makes them a lot more attractive moving forward. The status of LeBron and Davis is key here, so check the injury report before locking a bet in. Still, I like the Lakers and the free points at home.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +3.5

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