Denver Nuggets (4-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4 -- Over/Under: 239 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Denver Nuggets look for another victory to start 5-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 113 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 23.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while Gary Harris is averaging 21 points and three assists. Will Barton is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Murray is dishing 3.5 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.5 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for their first home victory of the season to build on their 1-3 record. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 125.3 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 131.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 21 points and five rebounds. Josh Hart is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 41.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five straight home games.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Pacific and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles, 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the over is 19-6-1 in the last 26 meetings.
There's nobody who has been harder on the Los Angeles Lakers than me, and they're on the end of a back to back against a really good team. However, the Denver Nuggets are still a young team that's learning how to win, and despite the losses the Lakers have shown the ability to fill it up offensively. At home, national TV, this feels like a back and forth style game that could go either way. I like the Lakers and the home crowd to make things very interesting. Give me the points.