Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-3)
Ball Arena is the site where and the Denver Nuggets (14-11) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (21-6) on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Los Angeles as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 217.
The Los Angeles Lakers played the Memphis Grizzlies and walked away with a win by a score of 115-105 in their last contest. Los Angeles wrapped up the game having earned a 50.6% field goal percentage (43 out of 85) and buried 6 out of their 30 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Lakers buried 23 of 33 tries for a percentage of 69.7%. In relation to rebounding, they collected 47 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 assists for this game as well as earning 9 steals and 4 blocks. In terms of defending, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 48.8% from the field on 39 out of 80 shooting. Memphis doled out 31 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. Moreover, the Grizzlies collected 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Memphis shot 78.9% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of their 19 attempts. They also made 12 of their 29 attempts from beyond the arc.
Anthony Davis is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He left the arena with 35 points on 16 out of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 34:50 mins and also grabbed 9 boards. Davis finished shooting 59.3% from the field and earned 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Lakers was LeBron James. He had 9 boards and had 8 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the floor in this contest by going 9-of-15 (28 points). When all was said and done, James played 34:08 min.
Los Angeles will play this game with a mark of 21-6 for the campaign. They have an average of 113.2 points per contest (13th in the league) while going 48.6% from the field. The Lakers are shooting 36.4% from downtown (298 of 818) and 75.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling in 45.8 boards per game and has totaled 675 dimes for the season, which is 6th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 15.2 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Lakers are forcing 14.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.6 fouls. They are 22nd in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 665 conceded on the season. The Lakers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 45.0% (396 of 584) and they surrender 41.4 boards per game as a team. They give up 34.0% on shots from distance and they are 2nd in basketball in opponents PPG (105.2).
For their last game, the Denver Nuggets walked away with a victory by a final of 97-95 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nuggets pulled down 34 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in this game. They also rejected 5 tries while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Thunder were called for 19 fouls in this contest which took the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to make 7 of those for a percentage of 70.0%. Concerning shots from downtown, Denver made 10 of 40 attempts (25.0%). When the game finished, the Nuggets shot 40 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.0%. The Nuggets permitted the Thunder to make 36 out of their 89 tries from the floor which had them shooting 40.4% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 31.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 10 out of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). When discussing how they rebounded, Denver permitted Oklahoma City to snag 49 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Jamal Murray ended up being a factor for the Nuggets for the game. He made 8 of 19 in the game for a rate of 42.1%, which got him 22 points. Murray pulled down 5 rebounds in his 37:54 mins of time on the court and had 5 dimes in the matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Denver was Nikola Jokić. He finished with 22 points in his 36:38 mins played by going 9 of 16 from the floor in the game. Jokić wrapped this one up going 56.3% from the field as well as earning 9 dimes and 13 total rebounds.
Denver has a record of 14-11 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Nuggets are connecting on 48.0% from the field, which is 6th in the league. Denver has accumulated 2,881 points for the year (115.2 per contest) and they average 44.3 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 26.8 times per contest (4th in the league) and they turn the ball over 13.8 times per game. The Nuggets are committing 19.6 fouls every game and they shoot 77.2% from the charity stripe. The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 12th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 111.2. The Denver defense gives up 36.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (327 of 890) and opponents are knocking down 76.3% of their free throw shots. They surrender 26.7 dimes and 42.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 28th and 5th in basketball. They have forced 14.8 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the field (21st in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (+3) and under 217 points
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