Denver vs. Los Angeles Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, February 8, 2024

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The Los Angeles Lakers (27-25) will look to continue a three-game winning run when hosting the Denver Nuggets (35-16) on February 8, 2024 at Crypto.com Arena.

The Nuggets take on the Lakers. The Nuggets are favored by 3.5 points against the Lakers. The game’s point total is set at 230.5.

Nuggets vs. Lakers Odds

Point Spread for Nuggets vs. Lakers

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Nuggets as the favorite.

Denver vs. Los Angeles Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Denver has -162 odds to win the game, while Los Angeles is listed at +136 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 230.5 points.

Game Time and How to Watch

  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California
  • TV: TNT

Nuggets vs. Lakers Betting Trends

The Nuggets have covered the spread 21 times this season (21-28-2). This season, Denver has been favored 45 times and won 33, or 73.3%, of those games. This season, Nuggets games have hit the over 19 times out of 52 chances.

The Lakers have covered the spread 23 times over 52 games with a set spread. Los Angeles has been victorious in eight, or 38.1%, of the 21 contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season. Games involving the Lakers have hit the over 29 times this year.

Nuggets vs. Lakers Key Players to Watch

Nuggets

Nikola Jokic puts up 26.3 points, 12.2 boards and 9.0 assists per game, making 58.7% of shots from the field and 36.2% from downtown with 1.0 made 3-pointers per contest. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 15.8 points, 1.4 assists and 7.0 boards per contest. Jamal Murray is putting up 21.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.0 boards per contest. Aaron Gordon’s numbers on the season are 13.6 points, 6.6 boards and 3.1 assists per game, shooting 54.3% from the floor.

Lakers

Anthony Davis averages 24.7 points, 12.3 boards and 3.9 assists, making 55.4% of his shots from the field. LeBron James’ averages on the season are 24.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game, making 52.1% of his shots from the field and 39.0% from 3-point range, with 2.1 triples per game. Austin Reaves gets the Lakers 15.5 points, 4.0 boards and 5.3 assists per contest, plus 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocks. D’Angelo Russell averages 17.3 points, 2.7 boards and 6.2 assists, making 46.5% of his shots from the field and 41.6% from beyond the arc, with 2.6 triples per contest.

What you need to know about the Nuggets

The Nuggets are averaging 114.8 points per game this season (16th-ranked in NBA), but they’ve really shined defensively, surrendering only 110.6 points per game (fourth-best). The Nuggets are averaging 44.1 boards per game (10th-ranked in NBA) this season, while allowing 41.8 rebounds per contest (sixth-ranked). The Nuggets have been racking up assists in 2023-24, ranking fourth-best in the NBA with 28.7 assists per contest.

Denver averages 119.5 points per game when playing at home, compared to 110.2 points per game when playing on the road, a difference of 9.3 points per contest. Denver has found it difficult to accumulate three-pointers, ranking fifth-worst in the league with 11.5 threes made per game. It ranks 12th with a 37.0% shooting percentage from downtown this season. Denver ranks second-best in the NBA by allowing 11.3 treys per game. In terms of three-point percentage allowed, it ranks 12th in the league at 36.2%.

The Nuggets have gone 7-3 in their past 10 contests, with a 3-6-1 record against the spread during that span. Denver has hit the over twice in its past 10 contests. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nuggets have had a tough time putting the ball in the basket over their last 10 games, scoring 109.0 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 114.8 they’ve racked up over the course of this year. Denver’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (108.9) is 1.7 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (110.6).

What you need to know about the Lakers

In 2023-24, the Lakers are 14th in the NBA on offense (116.2 points scored per game) and 18th defensively (117.1 points conceded). With 43.0 rebounds per game and 44.3 rebounds conceded, Los Angeles is 21st and 19th in the league, respectively. The Lakers are eighth in the league in assists (28.3 per game) in 2023-24.

At home the Lakers are putting up 116.7 points per game, 0.9 more than they are averaging on the road (115.8). In 2023-24 the Lakers are third-worst in the NBA in 3-point makes (11.3 per game) and rank 15th in 3-point percentage (36.7%). Los Angeles is the second-worst squad in the NBA in 3-pointers allowed (14.3 per game) and 21st in 3-point percentage defensively (37.6%).

The Lakers have gone 6-4 in their past 10 games, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Eight of Los Angeles’ last 10 games have gone over the total. Over its previous 10 games, Los Angeles is averaging 124.0 points per game, 7.8 more than its season average (116.2). The Lakers are ceding 124.4 points per contest in their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 117.1 points allowed.

Nuggets vs. Lakers Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Nuggets, and we expect that Lakers will cover the spread (Nuggets -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 230.5 points.

How to bet Nuggets vs. Lakers

You can bet on Denver vs. Los Angeles at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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