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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Nuggets - 10/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (1-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-1)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 2, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 225.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers face the Denver Nuggets in NBA preseason action on Tuesday.

The Denver Nuggets scored early and often on their way to a 124-107 victory at the Lakers in their NBA preseason opener. Denver connected on 46% from the floor and sank 13 long balls while hitting 31-35 at the foul line.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Nuggets - 10/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Juan Hernangomez pumped in a contest high 19 on 6-11 including five long balls while Jamal Murray gave the Nuggets 18 points on 8-12 from the floor. Denver received 14 points apiece from Nikola Jokic and Trey Lyles  with Lyles logging seven boards Monte Morris and Mason Plumlee added 12 and eleven points respectively and combining for 14 rebounds.

The LeBron James era has officially begun for the Los Angeles Lakers although he played just 15 minutes and scored nine points in a loss to visiting Denver. Los Angeles played well at the offensive end of the floor with 46% marksmanship and four double digit scorers.

JaVale McGee topped the Lakers offense with 17 points and seven rebounds on 8-10 from the floor followed by Brandon Ingram with 16 points on 7-14 shooting. Kyle Kuzma  gave Los Angeles 15 points on 4-13 from the field while Lance Stephenson netted 12 points on 4-5 shooting in 21 minutes off the bench.

Over is 4-0-1 in Nuggets last 5 road games and Nuggets are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. Lakers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and over is 4-1-1 in Lakers last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. Over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and over is 19-6-1 in the last 26 meetings and Nuggets are 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings. 

Points are generally plentiful when these teams meet so I'll hope that trend continues...

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