Nuggets look to hand Lakers fourth consecutive loss:
The Denver Nuggets are back in action Monday night against the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers.
Denver Sports Betting is here to give Colorado bettors a preview of the action from a gambling perspective.
Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. MST at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Since clinching the top seed in the West with a 116-108 win against the Utah Jazz last week, the Lakers have dropped three consecutive games against the Thunder, Rockets and Pacers respectively.
The Nuggets have won two of their last three games, including an overtime thriller against the Jazz over the weekend.
Let’s take a look at some key betting trends and statistics for tonight’s matchup:
The Nuggets opened up as +3.5 underdogs, but they are now +5 dogs with 68% of public money funneling towards Denver.
Denver has covered against the spread in four of their last five games. Los Angeles has failed to cover ATS in three consecutive games since locking up the top seed.
The point total opened at 222, but has since dropped by a point to 221. The public is riding with the over as 66% bets are heading that direction.
Bets are pretty much even on the Moneyline, with 51% of public money coming in on Den +175. It is worthy to note that Denver opened at +140 on the Moneyline.
The two Western Conference foes have played three times this season, with the Lakers earning a victory in two of the three matchups.
The Lakers are a stacked team, but they are at their best in the interior, given the presence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Michael Porter Jr. and Paul Millsap will have their hands full, but the Nuggets have a talent advantage on the outside with Jamal Murray back in the starting lineup.
Murray’s first start yielded 23 points, including a couple of clutch baskets later in the game. His return had a positive impact on the Nuggets, although they will not be at full strength against the Lakers.
Still, the Nuggets have played solid all-around basketball in the bubble despite being down a few starters. LeBron and AD are both dealing with minor injuries, and with the top seed already locked up, LA could approach this game different given the lack of playoff implications.
Jerami Grant – Questionable
Will Barton – Out
LeBron James – Probable
Dwight Howard – Probable
Anthony Davis – Probable
Kentavious-Caldwell Pope – Out