Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets NBA Game Picks 12/3/2019
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Denver -2
Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers (17-3, 1st in the Pacific Division) travel to Pepsi Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Denver Nuggets (13-4, 1st in the Northwest Division). Los Angeles opens this contest as 2 point dogs. The over/under is set at 210.5.
The Lakers cover the spread 55.0% of the time, having gone 11-9-0 ATS. Denver is covering 50.0% of the time, going 8-8-1 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/1/2019 Avery Bradley PG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 8
8/15/2019 DeMarcus Cousins C Knee Expected to be out until at least May 15
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Anthony Davis comes into this game averaging 26.1 points per contest while playing 34.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 9.3 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is 87%. LeBron James averages 25.7 points per contest in 34.9 minutes per game. He averages 10.9 assists per game and 7.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% for the season while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Nikola Jokic scores 15.6 points per contest while playing 31.0 minutes per game. He hauls in 10.4 rebounds per contest and has 6.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. Jamal Murray averages 18.5 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 33.2 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.5 rebounds per game and has 4.9 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 112.2 points per contest, which is 12th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 8.2 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 1st. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 44.9 boards per contest and 26.6 assists per game, which ranks them 18th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 17th with 15.2 per game. The Lakers allow 104.1 points per contest, which is 3rd in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 6th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.0 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they allow 23.3 assists per game which puts them in 10th place in the league. They force 17.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver is 24th in the NBA with 106.7 points per contest this season. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 4.94. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 17th in the league. They are 5th in the NBA in rebounding with 47.6 boards per contest and 6th in assists per game with 25.9. The Nuggets are 25th in turnovers per contest with 14.1. The Nuggets give up 101.8 points per game, which ranks them 1st in the league. Their defense surrenders a 43% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 3rd and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 15th with 24.0 dimes allowed per game and 13th with 45.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Nuggets are 10th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.7 per contest this year.
The Lakers are 8th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111, and their defensive rating of 102.9 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 17th in the league with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 6th. As a team they are 9th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league. Los Angeles is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 26th in the league.
Denver is 24th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 29th in the league. The Nuggets are 20th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107, and their defensive rating of 102 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 98 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 25th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Nuggets NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Denver -2
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