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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

March 2, 2024




The Denver Nuggets will travel to Los Angeles, California to face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena with the game scheduled to start at 8:30 PM ET on Saturday night and will air on ABC.

Denver Nuggets Team Preview

The Denver Nuggets enter this game with a record of 41-19 which gives them the 3rd best record in the Western Conference and the 4th best record in the NBA and are on a five-game winning streak following Thursday’s 103-97 win at home against the Miami Heat. The success of the Nuggets this season can be attributed to their defensive play as they enter this game allowing the 6th fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 110.22 points allowed per game. 

Offensively, Denver ranks 18th in scoring in the league with an average of 114.38 points per game. Nikola Jokic has played a pivotal role in the success of the Nuggets this season and is tied for 3rd in the NBA in rebounds with an average of 12.3 rebounds per game, 4th in assists with an average of 9.3 assists per game, and leads the team in scoring and blocks with an average of 25.8 points and .93 blocks per game. 

The Denver Nuggets will look to extend their winning streak to six games when they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers Team Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers are in 9th place in the Western Conference with a record of 33-28 following Thursday’s 134-131 win in overtime against the Washington Wizards which also extended their winning streak to two games while having won three of their last four games this season. The Lakers have been an above-average team offensively as they rank 12th in scoring with an average of 117.27 points per game. 

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have played pivotal roles in the success the Lakers have had and are combining for an average of 50.4 points, 19.4 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 3.06 blocks per game. Defensively, Los Angeles has been a below-average team as they are allowing an average of 117.42 points per game which ranks 20th in the league. 

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Odds and Series Trends

WagerWeb has the Denver Nuggets listed as 2.5-point favorites on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. Denver has won eight of the last ten including the previous seven meetings against Los Angeles. The Nuggets are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten while having covered the spread in the previous four games in the series. The Denver Nuggets are 26-32-2 ATS overall, 12-18-1 ATS on the road, and 22-27-2 ATS as a favorite this season while the Los Angeles Lakers are 28-34 ATS overall, 13-16 ATS at home, and 14-14 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Game Pick

Denver enters this game as the winner of five straight games and has been the dominant team in the series, winning eight of the last ten including seven straight against Los Angeles. The Nuggets have covered the spread in four straight games in the series and are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten which is why I am buying the .5 point and laying the points with the Denver Nuggets when they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Denver Nuggets -2