Nuggets vs. Lakers Betting Preview (February 14th, 2021)

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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA ... Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets are trying to break back against the Lakers on Sunday night after losing to the defending champions earlier this month. These two teams know each other quite well after meeting in the Western Conference Finals in the bubble.

Let’s break down our best bets for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Lakers betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Lakers Betting Preview

The best bet on Nuggets-Lakers is over at DraftKings Colorado. They are running a “Hammer the Over” special that is a guaranteed win for bettors. New and existing users can bet $25 on either team scoring a point on Sunday night. It’s the easiest way to double your money and win on Nuggets-Lakers.

Moving on a bit, let’s take a look at how these two teams stack up. Nikola Jokic and LeBron James are both bonafide MVP contenders so far this year. The Lakers are sitting comfortably in second place in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are in the thick of things as the seven seed.

Nuggets vs. Lakers Odds

All lines courtesy of DraftKings Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets +3 (-109) // Lakers -3 (-112)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets +123 // Lakers -143
  • Total: Over 217 (-112) // Under 217 (-109)

Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Nuggets +1.5 First Half Spread

The Nuggets are an exceptional first-half team at home. They have led at half in seven of their last eight games in Denver. Of course, the Lakers are a tougher team than most of their recent opponents, but this is still a good play considering the fact that the Nuggets are getting points.

If Denver is going to beat Los Angeles for the first time this season, they will need to have a strong start. This spread is available at DraftKings Colorado.

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Bets We Like With A Lakers Win

LeBron James 30+ Points (+164)

LeBron James is capable of scoring 30 points on any given night. He’s reached the 30-point mark twice in his last six games against the Nuggets. With James getting fantastic odds, this is a smart play to lay a little bit of money on. The Lakers are 3-1 when he scores 30 or more points.

Anthony Davis is questionable with right Achilles tendinosis. If he can’t play, look for James to score a ton of points on Sunday night. This LeBron James player prop is available over at FanDuel Colorado.

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Bets We Like Regardless Of Outcome

Over 217 (-115)

The Lakers are on a roll right now and they are scoring points in bunches. They have scored 114 points or more five separate times during their current seven-game winning streak. The Nuggets are no stranger to high-scoring games either.

Although their Friday night win over the Thunder came by way of a grind-it-out defensive effort, they put up 133 points against the Cavaliers as recently as Wednesday. Bet the over on this game no matter who you think is going to win the game. This bet is available at PointsBet Colorado.

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Nuggets vs. Lakers Prediction, Pick

The Nuggets are a contender in the Western Conference, but the Lakers are playing at a different level right now. Look for the Lakers to extend their winning streak to eight as they cover the spread.

The Pick: Take the Lakers laying the points.

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