Nuggets vs. Lakers - 3/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (11-49) at Denver Nuggets (23-37)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, ALT
The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets square off Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for back-to-back wins for the first time since February 2-4. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 97.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 17.1 points and 3.3 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.6 points and four rebounds. Louis Williams is dishing 2.6 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost six straight road games.
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The Denver Nuggets need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 100.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 15.3 points and 2.5 assists while Kenneth Faried is averaging 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds. Gary Harris is dishing 1.8 assists and Nikola Jokic is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost six of their last nine home games.
The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nuggets are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Lakers are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
While the Lakers are awful, I'm not sure how you can eat this many points with Danilo Gallinari sidelined. The Nuggets will struggle to put the ball in the hoop without their top player. Don't love this game, but if forced to pick, I'd side with the points.