Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Oct 26, 2022

Can the winless Lakers pick up their first dub of the season in Denver on Wednesday?

L.A. Lakers
25-29
AT
October 26, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Denver
37-16
Pointspread +5 -120
Moneyline +154
Over / Under o +230.5

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Pointspread -5 -101
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +230.5

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Betting Action

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers remain in the hunt for win No. 1 of the 2022–23 season, with a trip to play Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The Lakers have started off with three losses, the most recent two coming by a combined eight points. Denver’s started 2-2 but have losses of 21 and 25 points to Western opponents.

These teams will also meet again in L.A. on Sunday, the second of four regular season meetings between the Lakers and Nuggets. Tip-off for Wednesday’s game goes at 10 p.m. EDT at Ball Arena. The Nuggets are 6-point favourites at home and the over-under listed at 227 on the NBA odds.

Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Betting Odds

It’s been a struggle against the spread for the Lakers, who are also winless in that category this season and just 4-8 ATS in their last 12 overall. Roster talent aside, history says there’s a good chance this slump turns around for the Lakers as they are 9-4 overall in their last 13 versus Denver. Points have been easy to come by too, with the over hitting in six straight Lakers–Nuggets contests played in Denver. The over is 8-2 in Denver’s last 10 overall as well.

The Nuggets have struggled ATS versus the West too with only six ATS wins in their last 20 versus Western Conference opponents. This includes three ATS losses to Western clubs in Denver’s four games this season.

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles had a five-point lead heading into the final quarter, and a seven-point lead with 1:56 to go versus Portland on Sunday, but fell 106-104 after a missed James buzzer-beater. LeBron led his team with 31 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists. Anthony Davis picked up his first double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and collecting 10 points. Russell Westbrook struggled offensively for the third straight time, making four field goals on 15 attempts.

The Lakers have struggled big time on the glass and have been outrebounded by double digits in both of their last defeats. James leads the team with 33 rebounds in three games, and he and Davis are the only two players averaging more than two offensive rebounds so far.

Denver Nuggets

Denver allowed 80 second-half points to Portland on Monday, while scoring 49 of their own in that span and losing by 25 points. The Nuggets allowed Portland to shoot nearly 58 per cent from the field and knock down 16 three-pointers on 35 attempts. Denver only finished the game with eight made threes, and hauled in just 38 rebounds to Portland’s 45.

Jokić has again started out as Denver’s leader in all of points (20.2), rebounds (10.2), and assists (9.5) per game. Jamal Murray’s averaged 12 points and 2.3 assists since returning to the team’s starting lineup. Murray missed the entire 2021–22 season due to a torn ACL.

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