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Lakers at Nuggets: What bettors need to know

Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (-5.5, 216)

The Los Angeles Lakers can reach the .500 mark for the first time since being 8-8 on Nov. 30 when they visit the Denver Nuggets on Monday. The Lakers have won 11 of 15 games since bottoming out at eight games below .500 and are making a charge at landing a Western Conference playoff spot. Denver has the fifth-best record in the West and is a sensational 23-3 at home. The Nuggets are 2-1 against the Lakers this season.

Denver has won eight consecutive home games since falling to the Washington Wizards on Jan. 18. The Nuggets notched a 113-99 road victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. The Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 103-99 on Sunday and their recent hot stretch has moved them within 2 1/2 games of eighth-place Houston in the playoff race. “They are playing better and we need to continue to sustain the home court,” Denver coach George Karl said. “The Lakers aren’t a playoff team now, but they are playing like one.” Los Angeles is 10-18 on the road.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Time Warner Cable SportsNet (Los Angeles), Altitude (Denver)

ABOUT THE LAKERS (28-29, 23-33-1 ATS): Kobe Bryant recently guaranteed that Los Angeles will make the playoffs and he has posted back-to-back terrific efforts against Portland and Dallas. Bryant scored 40 points in Friday’s victory over the Trail Blazers before coming back with 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists against the Mavericks. “That’s why he’s Kobe Bryant,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after the win over Dallas. “He’s not John Smith. No disrespect to John Smith, whoever he is. That’s what he does, that’s what he loves. That’s what he trains for.” Point guard Steve Nash scored 20 points – the first time he has reached that total with the Lakers.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (35-22, 33-24-0 ATS): Point guard Ty Lawson has a career-best six consecutive 20-point outings after scoring 20 in the win over Charlotte. Lawson is averaging 26.2 points during the stretch as he has been looking to score more than he usually does. “I figure when I start being aggressive and getting to the lane, things happen for me whether it’s scoring or getting assists,” Lawson said. The fourth-year pro is averaging 16.3 points and 7.1 assists. Forward Danilo Gallinari is dealing with a thigh injury and his status will be firmed up in the hours prior to the contest. Gallinari leads the Nuggets with a 16.9 average.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings in Denver.
* Lakers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver.

BUZZER BEATERS:

 
1. Denver is 9-6 in its last 15 regular-season contests against Los Angeles.

2. Lakers C Dwight Howard is averaging 13.4 rebounds over his last five games to raise his season mark to 11.9.

3. The Nuggets are 22-3 when holding opponents under 100 points.

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Posted by calli030
1 year ago

Play here is def the lake show they are horrible on the road but they are actually 4-5 str8 up in their last five b 2 b games.
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Posted by mgmprofits
1 year ago

Looks like you guys don't know what you're talking about...lol
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Posted by sailorman1965
1 year ago

The NUGGS will win by 5/7 pts
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Posted by west44
1 year ago

normally never touch lakers here , but the team seems to be buying in to Kobe urgency and sense of the tradition for this team to get their behind in gear , they can win this and at least make it a close game , cover but I think i will lay off and just watch this one , smart move sometimes is not to play ...
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Posted by Virus57
1 year ago

Denver is the play the lakers are on a back to back road games and they are weak on the road.. Denver 22-3 at home.. The only key is gallinari's health
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Posted by EzduzitJ
1 year ago

LOOKS LIKE LAKERS IS THE PLAY$$$$$ LEARN BASKETBALL VEGASROY
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Posted by vegasroy
1 year ago

looks like denver is the play
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Posted by sailorman1965
1 year ago

"The NUGGS will win by 5/7 pts"

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