Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 9:30 PM (Staples Center)

LAL -7.5 . Total 209.0 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Denver Nuggets are on the road for a contest with the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Nuggets are (19-8), coming off a 109-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Lakers are (24-5), after falling to the Milwaukee Bucks, 111-104.

In the Nuggets win over the Timberwolves, Denver was led on offense by Nikola Jokic.  Jokic had a phenomenal game recording a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.  The Nuggets shot 49% from the floor and 36% from 3-point range.  Denver held Minnesota to 41% from the floor.  The Nuggets scored 22 points off turnovers, compared to the Timberwolves 16.

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In the Lakers loss to the Bucks, Los Angeles was guided on offense by Anthony Davis.  Davis registered a double-double in the loss, totaling 36 points and 10 rebounds, while dishing out 5 assists.  The Lakers shot 46% from the floor and 34% from distance.  The Lakers allowed the Bucks to connect on 16 3-pointers.  Los Angeles was also out scored from the charity stripe, 23 to 18.

Recent Betting Trends:

Nuggets are 12-12-2 ATS this season. 

The under is 17-9 in Nuggets games this season.

Lakers are 16-12 ATS this year.

The under is 16-12 in Lakers games this season. 

Two of the best defense's in the league go head to head.  the Nuggets have the best scoring defense, giving up an average of less than 102 points per game.  The Lakers are giving up just over 104 per game, that ranks 3rd in the league.  The Lakers are in the middle of the pack on offense, while the Nuggets are in the lower 3rd in offense production.  The under has been profitable for both teams this season.  I'll take the under here, as this matchup has two great defense's going head to head.  Final score prediction, the Lakers will win and the total goes under, 104-101.    

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