Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12-16-22

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Denver Nuggets will go against the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA action in Crypto.com Arena, CA, on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 10:00 PM ET.

 

The Denver Nuggets (17-10; 12-15 ATS) gained three consecutive matches against Portland 121-120, Utah 115-110, and Washington 141-128 after dropping three consecutive matches to Atlanta 117-109, New Orleans 121-106, and Dallas 116-115.

 

The Nuggets easily defeated the injured Wizards last Wednesday, posting an 11.5-point spread in front of their supporters. Against Washington, Denver converted 65.1% of its field goals.

 

The Nuggets scored an astounding 98 points in the paint while shooting just 4-for-16 from beyond the arc. Bones Hyland scored 23 points off the bench to Nikola Jokic’s 43 points on a 17-for-20 shooting performance from the field.

 

The Nuggets score 117.2 points for every 100 possessions, which gives them the second-best offensive rating in the NBA. They share the top place in the NBA for 3-point percentage (39.1%) with Boston and are first in field goal percentage (50.8%).

 

Denver’s defense, on the other hand, did not play well at all thus far. The Nuggets’ 115.6 points per 100 possessions are the 28th-worst in the NBA, and they shoot 48.9% from the field and 37.0% from beyond the arc (tied at the 24th spot).

 

  • The Denver Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their previous 6 games. 
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 matches. 
  • The Denver Nuggets are 7-3 SU in their last 10 matches.

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Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions 12/16/2022

 

The LA Lakers (11-16; 11-15-1 ATS) are still playing poorly. The Lakers lost 122-118 in OT to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 124-117 away win against the Pistons last Sunday.

 

With just 4:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles recovered from a 15-point halftime setback to lead 106-93, but the Celtics strengthened their defense and managed to force overtime.

 

In terms of 3-point percentage (32.0%) and triples completed per 100 possessions, the Lakers are among the bottom of the NBA (9.3).

 

The Lakers play at the third-fastest tempo in the league, averaging 102.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and they rank 2nd to last in 3-point attempts per 100 possessions (29.2).

 

Los Angeles ranks 23rd in the league with 111.2 points scored per 100 possessions and 14th with 112.7 points allowed in a return on a 52.8 effective field goal percentage (10th).

 

  • The total went OVER in 7 of the LA Lakers’ last 8 matches. 
  • The LA Lakers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers’ last 5 matches against Denver.

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA pick for this game is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers answered with a 121-110 home win 4 days later, playing as 2.5-point home underdogs, after Denver defeated LA 110-99 as a 5-point home favorite in their first matchup of the season on October 26.

 

The Lakers had their first victory since 2022–23. They managed to limit Denver to 42.7% field goal shooting while they converted 13 of their 30 three-point tries.

 

The Lakers came close to beating the Celtics on Tuesday, and anticipate them to win this game against the Nuggets because their defense won’t be able to handle LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

 

The Lakers will need to play their best defense and exert as much pressure as they can on Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets only covered the spread once in their previous six matches overall, while the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their past five matches versus the Western Conference.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will win by a predicted score of 121-117.

 

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Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 10:00 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Crypto.com Arena, CA

 

Date: Friday, December 16, 2022

 

TV: ESPN

 

NBA Odds: Denver Nuggets -1

 

NBA Totals: 237.5

 

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