Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction, NBA Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Apr 10, 2022

The Los Angeles Lakers bring a lost season to a close on Sunday night when they visit the Denver Nuggets.

L.A. Lakers
April 10, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Pointspread +6 -120
Moneyline +177
Over / Under o +229


Betting Action


Pointspread -6 -101
Moneyline -213
Over / Under u +229


Betting Action


Straight up losers in eight of nine, the Lakers enter their season finale riding a five-game road losing streak. Already assured of a playoff spot, the Nuggets are coming off a 122-109 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, but have failed to tally consecutive victories during a 3-6 run on home hardwood.

Fuelled by support from an overwhelming majority of sports bettors, the Nuggets have vaulted to 10-point favourites to win on the NBA odds since opening as 8.5-point home chalk. Accordingly, the injury-hobbled Lakers have faded to +350 moneyline underdogs. The total has also dipped slightly from 229 to 228.5.

Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Betting Odds

Sunday night’s matchup at Ball Arena marks the third meeting of the campaign between these clubs. The Nuggets romped to lopsided wins in their two previous dates, capped by last Sunday’s 129-118 victory in Los Angeles. Denver has claimed victory in three of four dates with the Lakers, and enjoys a 7-2 record in nine head-to-head home clashes. With the Nuggets scoring an average of 131 points, the OVER paid out in their previous two dates with LA, and has gone 6-2-0 in eight regular season meetings. And with each of their three most recent wins over the Lakers coming by double-digit margins, the Nuggets enjoy a 3-1-0 against the spread run.

Since seeing a steady 12-2 run end, Denver has gone 8-7, and covered in just six of 17 contests. The Nuggets have won outright in 14 of 16 while pegged as double-digit chalk, but have failed to cover in their past five. The Lakers have surrendered 120.4 points per game during their current 1-8 run, and sports an 11-29 away record, third worst in the Western Conference. On a positive note, LA has averaged a respectable 115 points per game over its past four outings, and has covered in three of five as double-digit road underdogs.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers will hit the court for their season finale with their supporting cast taking over leading roles for a third straight game. With LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony all sidelined, the club will look to Stanley Johnson and Talen Horton-Tucker to once again pick up the slack. Johnson led all LA shooters with a season-high 21 points in Friday’s win over OKC, but has averaged just four points per game over his past three road appearances. Horton followed up a career-best 40-point outing in Thursday’s 128-112 loss to Golden State by tallying 15 points and eight rebounds versus the Thunder.

Denver Nuggets

In need of a win on Sunday combined with a loss by the Utah Jazz in their Sunday night date with Portland to clinch fifth place in the West, the Nuggets face tough decisions. Several players are nursing nagging injuries, including the team’s top four scorers. Most notable among them is reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, who remains bothered by a wrist injury. If the decision is made to rest Jokic, veteran big man DeMarcus Cousins could see considerably more action after averaging just eight minutes of playing time and 5.5 points over his past four game appearances.

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