Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction, NBA Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Jan 15, 2022

Russell Westbrook hasn’t played up to his standards but is still averaging 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game.

L.A. Lakers
33-49
AT
January 15, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Denver
48-34
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +157
Over / Under o +225

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -189
Over / Under u +225

49%

Betting Action

51%

The Los Angeles Lakers were on a four-game winning streak a week ago but have since lost their last two. Sitting at .500 on the season, Los Angeles desperately needs to find some type of rhythm as we inch closer to the midway point of the year.

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have won three out of their last four games, just recently scoring 140 points against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Nuggets opened as 4-point favourites on the NBA odds board.

Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Betting Odds

Los Angeles has been just 4-13 against the spread (ATS) in their last 17 games when going up against a team with a winning straight up record on the season. The over has been ridiculously consistent though, cashing out in their last four games overall and their last six when coming off of an ATS loss.

On the other hand, Denver is 3-9 ATS in their past 12 games when coming into the contest following a straight up win. However, they are 6-2 ATS in their past eight home games when going up against a team with a losing road record. Unlike the Lakers, Denver has seen the under cash out eight times in their last 11 games overall.

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles could be without quite a few players on their roster in this matchup. LeBron James is the biggest hit as he has been labeled questionable for this one. Dwight Howard is also marked as questionable along with Carmelo Anthony. Assuming none of these guys can make it onto the court, the Lakers will lean heavily on Russell Westbrook. Westbrook hasn’t played up to his standards but is still averaging 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. Other players like Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker will need to step up as well but they’ve had mixed results.

The Lakers had a little momentum going last week but after a pair of losses and now the prospects of being shorthanded in Denver, things aren’t looking up.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have been missing two of their best players practically all season long. Jamal Murray hasn’t played a game and Michael Porter Jr was ruled out for the season after appearing in just nine contests. Even Nikola Jokic missed a couple of games. That’s why this team is just 21-19 on the season after being a Western Conference contender in previous seasons.

Speaking of Jokic, he leads this team in every major statistical category. He is posting 25.5 points, 14 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Without Jokic on the floor, this team gets a lot worse by almost every metric. He has a Player Efficiency Rating of 32.1 and a Value Over Replacement Player at 4.5. If LeBron is out, the Nuggets are the bet here.

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