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Nuggets vs. Lakers - 12/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (9-22) at Denver Nuggets (13-18)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets -7.5 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN, ALT

The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets meet Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost six of their last seven games and pretty much killed any progress they made earlier. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 102.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 109.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.1 points and five assists while Nick Young is averaging 15.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Carlos Boozer is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is producing 4.7 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers continue to not play a lick of defense, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in eight of their last nine games and are allowing teams to shoot 38.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The good news is that four of the Lakers last five losses have been decided by single digits.

Nuggets vs. Lakers - 12/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Nuggets have split their last six games and really losing progress in the standings. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 101.5 points on 43 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 16.2 points and 10.3 assists while Wilson Chandler is averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Arron Afflalo is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are also a team that plays little to no defense, allowing 100-plus points in seven of their last nine games. However, the Nuggets are holding teams to 43.8 percent shooting in their last five games. The Nuggets have to get something going defensively before these losses doom their season.

The Lakers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Nuggets are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 17-36-2 ATS in their last 55 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Denver and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall. 

This is too many points to give when you have two teams that play no defense. Also, the Lakers have been very competitive and are keeping games close despite not winning much. Backing the Lakers lately has been paying off and there's no point to stop now.

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Los Angeles Lakers +7.5

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