Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, NBA West Conference game. Hard game for tonight. The home team is looking to keep the first position of the conference. But the Lakers know how to win against the Nuggets this season. The weakness of the home team is the strength of the visitors. For now both teams are playing at a high level, but this game is likely to be the most important of the week.
Los Angeles Lakers: We are ready for everything.
The Lakers have the only objective of defending the reign that they have in the conference. The team has a record of 40 wins and only twelve losses so far in the season. Some time ago, the Lakers were the most dominant team in the league. But, that title now has the Milwaukee Bucks. On the road the record is 22-5, the last two games were victories against Kings and Warriors.
On the road the Lakers are scoring an average of 114.7 points per game, 42.74 FG points, 71.2% free throw shots, 11.44 three pointers, 45.19 rebounds, 25.15 assists and 14.44 turnovers.
The defense allows up to 109.3 points per game, 39.85 FG points, 12.37 three pointers, 75.6% free throw shots, 41.96 rebounds, 23.37 assists and 14.96 turnovers. In the first half the Lakers allow 57.8 points.
Anthony Davis is likely to be available for this game despite having a finger injury. James and Davis combined are scoring 51.3 points per game. Kyle Kuzma is the other player who is averaging over ten points with 12.8 points this season. All other players are below ten points.
Denver Nuggets: It’s time for the truth.
The Nuggets are gradually climbing positions at the conference. The team is the second best with a record of 38-16. The strength of the team is defensive, as the fourth best of the season. The only problem is that the Nuggets are scoring less than 110.3 points per game and that is a weakness. The record at home is 21-6. Against the Lakers they lost at home last December 96-105.
At home the Nuggets are scoring an average of 110.1 points per game, 41.86 FG points, 75.9% free throw shots, 10 three pointers, 45.33 rebounds, 26.85 assists, 11.81 turnovers.
The defense allows up to 104.1 points per game at home, 38.67 FG points, 75.4% free throws, 10.96 three pointers, 42.81 rebounds, 24.41 assists, 13.37 turnovers. The Nuggets won the last four games at home.
Nikola Jokic leads the team as the best this season with an average of 20.6 points per game, 51.9% FG points, 32.4% three pointers. Jamal Murray is returned after a few weeks injured. He is averaging 18.6 points per game, 45.2% FG points.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets 02/12/2020 is: take the Los Angeles Lakers -2.5 (Spread).
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