Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The opening line for this game has Denver as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 4-23 and a road record of 2-16. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -10.6 as they are averaging 96.6 points per game while giving up 107.2 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall record of 11-16 and a home record of 5-8. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 98.7 points per game and surrendering 103.4, good for a point differential of -4.7.
Kobe Bryant comes into this contest averaging 16.7 points per game while playing 30.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Lakers. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 34% while his free throw percentage is currently at 79%. Jordan Clarkson averages 14.9 points per game in 31.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Danilo Gallinari averages 17.3 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 2.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Will Barton averages 15.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Los Angeles averages 96.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -10.6 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per game which ranks them 17th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.6 per game. The Lakers allow 107.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 24th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 56.6 rebounds a game which ranks 29th and they give up 24.1 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the league.
Denver averages 98.7 points per game this year which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -4.7 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 24th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the NBA. They average 53 rebounds per game and 22 assists per contest which ranks them 10th and 12th respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 20th with 15.2 per game. The Nuggets allow 103.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 28th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 23.1 assists per contest which puts them in 24th place in the league. The Nuggets force 14.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 9-18-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 12-15-0 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 12-14-1 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 14-12-1 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/21/15 G Kobe Bryant Shoulder missed last game, probable Tuesday vs. Denver
Denver Nuggets Injuries
12/21/15 F Darrell Arthur Knee injured last game, "?" Tuesday vs. LA Lakers
12/21/15 PG Emmanuel Mudiay Ankle expected to miss Tuesday vs. LA Lakers
12/21/15 F Danilo Gallinari Ankle injured last game, "?" Tuesday vs. LA Lakers
11/12/15 F Wilson Chandler Hip out for season
10/28/15 C Jusuf Nurkic Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Denver
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