Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Denver as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 211.5.
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The Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 11-49 and a road record of 5-29. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -9.6 as they are averaging 97.5 points per game while giving up 107.2 per contest. Los Angeles is 1-9 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 5-33. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Nuggets have an overall record of 23-37 and a home record of 11-18. They currently are 4th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 100.8 points per game and surrendering 104, good for a point differential of -3.3. Denver has a division record of 4-9 and a conference record of 12-27. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Kobe Bryant comes into this contest averaging 17.1 points per game while playing 29.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Lakers. He pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 35% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.6 points per game in 32.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.6 assists per contest and 4 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Gary Harris averages 11.3 points per game while playing 31.6 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Will Barton averages 15.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.1 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Los Angeles averages 97.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -9.7 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 51.9 rebounds per game and 18 assists per game which ranks them 16th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 13.8 per game. The Lakers allow 107.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.1 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 24.2 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. They force 12.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
Denver averages 100.8 points per game this year which ranks them 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 26th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 25th in the NBA. They average 53.4 rebounds per game and 22.3 assists per contest which ranks them 7th and 13th respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 19th with 14.9 per game. The Nuggets allow 104 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 21st and 25th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.1 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 23 assists per contest which puts them in 23rd place in the league. The Nuggets force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
The Lakers average 98.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 105 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -11.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -11 per contest. The Lakers have an offensive rating of 101.7 and a defensive rating of 111.8. In terms of pace they average 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 46%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they shoot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Los Angeles turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Nuggets score 102.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 99.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -2.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -3.7 points per game. The Nuggets rating on offense is 104.6 and they have a defensive rating of 108. They get 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. Denver turns the ball over on 13.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 28-31-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 28-32-0 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 31-26-3 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 33-25-2 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
02/29/16 G Kobe Bryant Shoulder missed last game, probable Tuesday vs. Brooklyn
Denver Nuggets Injuries
11/12/15 F Wilson Chandler Hip out for season
02/28/16 F Danilo Gallinari Ankle out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Denver
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