Denver Nuggets at L.A. Lakers
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 6, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)|
Los Angeles, CA
The Line: Los Angeles +4.5
ESPN, ALT, SPEC
The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Denver Nuggets at the STAPLES Center on Wednesday night.
The Denver Nuggets have lost six of their past 11 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a three-game skid after falling short against the Spurs in a 104-103 road loss on Monday. Jamal Murray led the team with 25 points and eight assists, Nikola Jokic added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Malik Beasley chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Nuggets shot 43 percent from the field and 17 of 40 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 21-point deficit, only to fall just short as they lost to the Spurs for the 13th straight game. With the tough loss, Denver fell to 42-21 on the season and 15-15 on the road which is good for second place in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been in a world of trouble as they’ve lost nine of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling to the Clippers in a 113-105 home loss on Monday. LeBron James led the team with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Rajon Rondo racked up a triple-double of 24 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists while Josh Hart chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot just 41 percent from the field and 10 of 38 from the 3-point line as they shot out to an early 10-point lead in the second quarter, but they couldn’t keep it going as the long ball just wasn’t falling. Kyle Kuzma limped off the floor with an ankle sprain midway through the fourth quarter and he is likely out for Wednesday. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 30-34 overall which is good for 11th place in the Western Conference.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 8-0 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Nuggets are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
The season series is up for grabs as the Lakers won the first meeting while the Nuggets won the last meeting by 117-85 back on Nov 27. The Lakers are absolutely desperate for a win if they have plans on taking part in the playoffs, but they’ve really fallen off the pace and things will only get tougher with Kuzma likely to miss time. With that being said, I’m taking the Nuggets to bounce back into form with a win and cover in this one.