Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 2/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+6)
The Los Angeles Lakers (16-6) play the Denver Nuggets (12-8) at STAPLES Center on Thursday. The odds on this game have Los Angeles as 6-point favorites. The over/under opens at 219.
The Denver Nuggets played the Utah Jazz and notched a win by a score of 128-117 in their last contest. Denver finished the game having earned a 54.0% FG percentage (47 of 87) and made 18 out of their 28 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Nuggets knocked down 16 of 19 tries for a rate of 84.2%. In reference to rebounding, they earned 39 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 28 assists for this game in addition to earning 8 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about defense, Denver allowed the other team to shoot 42.7% from the floor on 32 out of 75 shooting. Utah distributed 28 assists and had 3 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Jazz grabbed 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Utah finished the game at 84.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 33 of their 39 attempts. They converted 20 out of their 47 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Nikola Jokić is a player who had an impact in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 47 points on 17 of 26 shooting. He played for 37:20 mins and also snagged 12 boards. Jokić ended up shooting 65.4% from the floor and earned 5 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Nuggets was Will Barton. He snagged 3 boards and had 6 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the field for the game by shooting 6-of-11 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Barton played 37:28 min.
Denver will enter this matchup with a record of 12-8 so far this year. They are turning it over 14.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Denver is pulling down 45.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 543 dimes on the season, which is 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Nuggets are hitting 38.4% on 3-pointers (264 of 687) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 116.6 points per game (4th in basketball) while hitting 48.3% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Nuggets are able to force 15.3 turnovers every game while drawing 21.7 fouls. They are conceding 37.5% on 3-pointers and they rank 17th in basketball in PPG allowed (111.7). The Nuggets are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.2% (306 of 434) and they concede 40.9 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 26th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 533 surrendered this year.
In their last game, the Los Angeles Lakers went home victorious with a score of 107-99 against the Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 31 in this game. They stuffed 7 shots while recording 10 steals in the game. The Hawks earned 21 fouls in the matchup which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for 24 shots. They were able to bury 20 of the free throws for a clip of 83.3%. In regard to 3-pointers, Los Angeles converted 7 out of their 23 tries (30.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Lakers finished shooting 40 for 77 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.9%. The Lakers allowed the Hawks to knock down 37 out of their 78 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.4% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 37.9% from distance by connecting on 11 out of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 17 at the charity stripe (82.4%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Los Angeles permitted Atlanta to grab 36 overall (6 offensive).
Anthony Davis ended up being a factor for the Lakers in this contest. He made 10 out of 14 for this contest giving him a rate of 71.4%, which earned him 25 points. Davis pulled down 2 boards in his 35:54 minutes of playing time and accounted for 2 dimes for the contest. One more player that played a role for Los Angeles was LeBron James. He walked away with 21 points in 37:58 mins on the court via 5 of 12 from the floor in the matchup. James walked away from this one going 41.7% from the field while collecting 9 assists and 7 boards.
Los Angeles has a mark of 16-6 for the campaign. Los Angeles has scored 2,459 points for the year (111.8 per contest) and they collect 45.7 boards per game. The Lakers commit 18.4 personal fouls every game and they connect on 75.2% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Lakers are shooting 48.0% from the floor, which is ranked 5th in the league. They are dishing out assists 24.5 times per game (16th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per contest. The Lakers on the defensive side of the court are 1st in basketball in points per game surrendered with 104.0. They are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.2% from the field (8th in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense allows 34.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (238 of 694) and their opponents are converting on 76.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 24.0 dimes and 41.3 boards per game, which has them ranked 10th and 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (+6)
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