LA Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions

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Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CaliforniaWhen: Friday, February 9, 11:00 AM

The rivalry between the Lakers and the Nuggets is legit. The two sides have met in the playoffs a couple of times, and we can sense some kind of beef between the two units. What happened in the bubble fueled the Nuggets, who got their revenge last year in the West finals when they swept the purple and gold.

LA Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

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LA Lakers 

The Lakers aren’t playing particularly well this year, having just above a positive record. After 52 games, they have 27 victories and two losses fewer, which isn’t what this team hoped for. LeBron is always after a title, but right now, the purple and gold don’t look like contenders.

Coming into this event, the Lakers have three victories in a row, all on the road. Currently, LAL is on tour through the East, and their victims were top teams like the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, and most recently, the Charlotte Hornets, 124-118.

Anthony Davis had a triple-double in North Carolina with 26 points, 15 boards, and 11 assists. LeBron had the same number of buckets, with seven dimes, while D’Angelo Russell had a team-high with 28 points, hitting five threes and adding six assists. 

Denver Nuggets

Jokic and the guys are near the top of the West with 35 triumphs and 16 defeats. Over the past five meetings, they are 4-1, with the only loss coming against the Thunder in OKC, 105-100. Following that, the champs beat the Blazers in back-to-back events.

The Joker has 26.3 points per game with almost 58% of shooting from the field. Though, he has 12.2 boards each night, with nine assists, so he looks like a legit MVP contender again. 

Reggie Jackson is the guy who has a very big role in this squad, being the sixth player and fulfilling his duties extremely well. So far he averages 11.1 buckets, with 3.9 assists and a solid defense.

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LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets Possible Lineups

Lakers: Russell, Reaves, James, Hachimura, Davis

Nuggets: Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Porter Jr, Gordon, Jokic

LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Head to Head

The Lakers visited Mile High back in October and couldn’t win. The final result was 119-107 for the Nuggets, who had Jokic with 29 points, 13 boards and 11 assists. Murray scored 21 buckets, and Caldwell-Pope 20. On the other side, LBJ delivered 21 points, Taurean Prince 18, and Anthony Davis 17. 

LA Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions

The Lakers are on the rise, and after a long tour, they are coming back home. On the other side, the Nuggets look good too, with Jokic playing fantastic basketball, but with his sidekicks delivering as well. Overall looking, we would pick the guests to triumph, solely because of the deeper roster, with all due respect towards the LAL’s squad.

Our verdict: Denver Nuggets win

LA Lakers versus Denver Nuggets Odds

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Author: Eugene Morris