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Denver @ Los Angeles
Current Records: Denver 17-10; Los Angeles 11-16
The Denver Nuggets have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. They will square off against the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. ET Friday at Crypto.com Arena. The Nuggets will be strutting in after a win while Los Angeles will be stumbling in from a defeat.
Denver didn’t have too much trouble with the Washington Wizards at home on Wednesday as they won 141-128. Center Nikola Jokic went supernova for Denver as he almost posted a triple-double on 43 points, 14 boards, and eight dimes. The game made it Jokic’s third in a row with at least 31 points. Jokic’s points were the most he has had all season.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles fought the good fight in their overtime matchup against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday but wound up with a less-than-desirable result, falling 122-118. Despite the loss, Los Angeles got a solid performance out of center Anthony Davis, who dropped a double-double on 37 points and 12 rebounds. AD’s night made it three games in a row in which he has scored at least 31 points.
Barring any buzzer beaters, the Nuggets are expected to win a tight contest. They covered an 11.5-point spread on Wednesday, so bettors might be thinking that will translate to further success against a lower spread.
Los Angeles’ loss took them down to 11-16 while Denver’s victory pulled them up to 17-10. Allowing an average of 116.56 points per game, the Lakers haven’t exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming contest.
The Nuggets are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Lakers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Los Angeles have won 16 out of their last 31 games against Denver.
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