After an incredible and gritty performance against the Clippers two nights ago, Denver now faces another L.A. team, the Lakers. Tip-off is once again, 8 pm MST, and the game is set to be another national one, broadcast on ESPN.
- Jamal Murray – Out
- Monte Morris – Out
- Will Barton – Out
- Zeke Nnaji – Questionable
- Dennis Schroder – Out
- Jared Dudley – Out
- LeBron James – Questionable
Betting lines (subject to change):
- Denver is -5point favorites after opening as -2 favorites
- Lakers at +5
- Over/under at 214.5
- Denver is hard to value on the MoneyLine at -170
- Lakers at +145 for ML
- Under is 5-0 in Nuggets last 5 games as a road favorite
- Under is 11-1 in Nuggets last 12 road games
- Lakers are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- Over is 25-9-2 in the last 36 meetings between these two teams
- Over is 12-5-2 in the last 19 meetings in Los Angeles
This is going to be a hard matchup any way you slice it. Denver is 9-1 since the Jamal injury, an incredible record considering he was one of the team’s top scorers, even more, incredible now with both Monte Morris out alongside Will Barton. Even with injuries, the Lakers are the number 1 (or 2) defensive rated team (although they haven’t looked the same recently) in the league depending on your sources. LeBron is questionable as this is written, which will play a big factor in the points total, but even with AD back I find 214.5 a bit low which is why I like the over tonight. LeBron is now out so we have seen the live move to Denver -5.
I think this will have to be another really solid defensive performance from Denver regardless if they want to win. The Nuggets managed to keep Leonard and Paul George relatively quiet the other night, and hit the shots needed down the stretch. Tonight, look at PJ Dozier over 10.5 for points due to his increased role in the lineup.
From a Lakers perspective, Anthony Davis will have to have a big part in the game if they want to win, and I think some of that is going to have to come on the glass. Anthony Davis over 6.5 rebounds intrigues me and should be a strong consideration.
The Lakers are coming off 3 straight losses, with Denver surely aiming to make that number 4. Just like you should never underestimate this Nuggets team, a Lakers side with Anthony Davis are also still a team that commands some respect.
Either way, get some skin in the game and enjoy another big matchup on national TV on this Monday night.