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LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Preview and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets

Date/Time: 02-12-2020, 22:00 EDT / 03:00 GMT

Spread: Denver Nuggets +1.5 Total: +219.5

The two best teams currently in the West are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the second Denver Nuggets (38-16) are hosting the first Los Angeles Lakers (40-12), as both teams are coming in this game hot, having won their last four and two games respectively.

The Nuggets have a 38-16 record and are sitting in the second place of the West. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with a 127-120 score. Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring with 20.6 ppg, in rebounding with 10.2 and in assists made with 6.9 per game. Jamal Murray follows with 18.6 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

The Lakers have a 40-12 record and are sitting on top of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Suns with a 125-100 score. Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.5 ppg and in rebounding with 9.2 per game. LeBron James follows with 24.8 ppg, adding 7.7 rebounds and a league-best 10.7 assists per game.

In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once on the road (the Nuggets by 24 points and the Lakers by 9). The Nuggets are 21-6 at home, while the Lakers are 22-5 on the road. The Lakers are better offensively, scoring 114.6 ppg to the Nuggets’ 110.3, while the Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 106.4 ppg to the Lakers’ 107.2. The Lakers have better percentages both in field goals (48.8% to 46.4%) and in 3-pointers (36.3% to 35.5%). On the other hand, the Nuggets are better in turnovers committed (13.3 to 15.2), while the Lakers are better in rebounding (46.2 to 44.9) and both teams are very close in assists made (26.4 to 26.3). The Nuggets are almost at full strength again and are playing better lately so expect them to win at home one way or another tonight.

Lakers vs Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets +1.5 (-112)

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