Total Line: OFF
The Los Angeles Lakers will look to turn things around on the road this Friday night when they travel to the Pepsi Center to square-off against the Denver Nuggets. The game is set to tip-off at 10:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Los Angeles is 11-2 straight-up and 8-5 against the spread at home this season, but it has really struggled on the road with a 2-7 record both SU and ATS. It comes into this game on three day’s rest after playing three games in three days earlier in the week. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 13 of its 22 games overall.
Kobe Bryant has been a one-man team for the Lakers when it comes to scoring with a league-high 30 points a game, but as a team the Lakers are ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 93.6 points a game.
Denver is actually in Los Angeles for a Thursday night clash with the Clippers before heading home to face the Lakers in the middle game of three in three days. It is currently 14-7 both SU and ATS and three games in back of Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets are 7-3 SU (6-4 ATS) at home and the total has gone 6-4 in the 10 games.
There has been no problem with Denver’s ability to score points this season as it leads the league with 105.4 points a game. The problem has been the Nuggets’ ability to stop their opponents from doing the same. They are 27th in the NBA in points allowed; giving-up an average of 99.2 point a game.
The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against the Northwest Division and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of their last five games overall.
The Nuggets are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Pacific Division and 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 games at home. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of their last eight game overall.
Head-to-head, Los Angeles is 1-7-1 ATS in the last nine meetings and 1-4 ATS in its last five trips to the Pepsi Center. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of the last five meetings in Denver.
Stick with the past trends in this series for this matchup as the Nuggets add to the Lakers’ woes on the road with the win.
The Free NBA Pick: Denver 101 Los Angeles 94
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