Los Angeles Lakers (32-49) vs. Denver Nuggets (48-33)
April 10, 2022 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7.5; Over/Under: -
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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Ball Arena on Sunday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 12 of their last 15 games overall and they will be hoping to cap off their season with a win after routing the Thunder in a 120-101 victory on Friday. Stanley Johnson led the team in scoring with 21 points, Wenyen Gabriel added 16 points on six of seven shooting off the bench while Dwight Howard and Talen Horton-Tucker each scored 15 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 50 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the 3-point line as they took the lead in the second quarter and outpaced the depleted Thunder with a balanced offense as they had eight players finish in double figures in scoring.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in fine form as they’ve won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to cap off the regular season on a high note after routing the Grizzlies in a 122-109 win on Thursday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 35 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, Aaron Gordon added 22 points on seven of 11 shooting while Will Barton and Bones Hyland scored 16 points apiece. As a team, the Nuggets shot 55 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they hit the ground running and exploded for 70 points in the first half, before they went on another push in the third quarter where they led by as many as 30 points before they started to rest their starters.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games following a win of more than 10 points. The Nuggets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games.
Head to head, the over is 27-10-2 ATS in the last 39 meetings overall and the Lakers are 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Denver.
The Lakers will likely be without all their key players once again as Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are all out, while the Nuggets have listed Aaron Gordon, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic as day to day. The Lakers’ second team looked good in their easy win over the depleted Thunder, but the Nuggets should provide stiffer competition in this spot, even if they decide to rest a few starters. This one is a tricky one to pick as the Nuggets could rest any number of players at the last moment, but I’ll stick with them in this spot.