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Lakers vs. Nuggets - 11/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (5-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (3-10)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +2 -- Over/Under: 218.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers play Sunday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Denver Nuggets have caught fire lately, winning four of their last five games and playing like a team that wants to be in the playoff convo. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 103.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. However, the Nuggets are allowing just 98 points on 44.4 percent shooting in their last five games. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 16.2 points and 9.1 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 13.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game and Wilson Chandler is shooting 33.9 percent from downtown. Since the return of Lawson, the Nuggets are playing much more balanced ball and seem to have some sort of direction.

Lakers vs. Nuggets - 11/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers have won two of their last three games and are also playing better since the return of Nick Young. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 102.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 112.5 points on 49.6 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 26.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting and Jordan Hill is averaging 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds. Carlos Boozer is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing out a team-high 4.8 assists. Young is8-22 from the field in his last two games. The Los Angeles Lakers defense has to improve if they’re going to start winning but the offense is a lot more efficient now that they have an extra scorer on the court with the return of Young.

The Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between these teams SU, and I like the way the Lakers have been playing with their second best scorer back. LA has a little more energy and is fighting harder. Give me the home team and the free bucket. 

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Los Angeles Lakers +2

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