Los Angeles Lakers (21-6) at Denver Nuggets (14-11)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Ball Arena)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3 -- Over/Under: 217 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Ball Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.9 points and 3.1 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.
The Denver Nuggets look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.2 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.7 points and 11.3 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.3 points and 4.4 assists. Michel Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Monte Morris is grabbing two rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nuggets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 overall. The over is 35-15-2 in Nuggets last 52 overall. The Lakers are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Denver.
The Denver Nuggets in the underdog role is an attractive option, but as we saw in the playoffs and the matchup last week, the Lakers are capable of taking their game to another level in big games. While the Lakers have played a lot of overtimes and needed to come from behind, they're winning their last five games by an average of nine points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. The Nuggets still struggle defensively and they're 2-6 against the spread as an underdog. I'll lay the bucket with the Lakers.