Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/15/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: NBA TV
The Denver Nuggets (21-19) are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (21-21) at Ball Arena on Saturday.
The Lakers faced off with the Kings and took a loss by a score of 125-116 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the game having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (42 of 98) and converted 16 of their 47 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Lakers made 16 of 24 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 45 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 25 assists for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 7 turnovers and having 6 steals. In relation to defending, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 55.1% from the floor on 49 of 89 shooting. Sacramento distributed 45 assists and had 28 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Sacramento collected 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Sacramento walked away from this one shooting 84.2% at the charity stripe by making 16 of 19 attempts. They buried 11 of their 30 attempts from beyond the arc. With respect to fouls, the Lakers walked away with 19 and the Kings recorded 12 fouls.
LeBron James is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He ended up with 34 points on 13 out of 29 shooting. He played 39 minutes played and also collected 7 boards. James finished the contest at 44.8% from the floor and distributed 6 assists.
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Los Angeles comes into this one with a win-loss record of 21-21 so far this season. They are averaging 112.1 pts per game (4th in basketball) while hitting 46.6% from the field. The Lakers are hitting 35.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (513 of 1,457) and 73.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is snagging 45.4 boards per game and has tallied 1,034 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 10th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 20.4 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Lakers have forced 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.6 personal fouls. They relinquish 34.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 26th in basketball in opponents PPG (112.8). The Lakers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.1% (1,734 of 3,846) and they concede 47.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 26th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,074 surrendered for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Nuggets got the victory with a final of 140-108 when they played the Trail Blazers. The Nuggets recorded 34 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 40 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while recording 7 steals for this game. The Trail Blazers had 15 personal fouls for this contest which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 20 attempts. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 75.0%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Denver converted 21 of 42 tries (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Nuggets walked away from this one shooting 52 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 62.7%. The Nuggets allowed the Trail Blazers to bury 39 out of their 86 attempts from the floor which had them at 45.3% for the contest. They finished shooting 32.5% from three-point range by going 13 of 40 and finished the game at 17 out of 28 from the charity stripe (60.7%). In regard to team rebounding, Denver permitted Portland to collect 23 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Facundo Campazzo was important for the Nuggets for the matchup. Campazzo scored 18 points in his 27 mins on the court and had 12 assists in this matchup. He buried 7 out of 10 for the game for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, but didn't pull down a rebound.
Denver has a win-loss record of 21-19 for the campaign. The Nuggets are committing 19.3 personal fouls every game while shooting 76.3% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 26.2 times per game (4th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.1 times per game. Denver has scored 4,257 pts this season (106.4 per contest) and they snag 43.3 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Nuggets are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 6th in basketball.
The Nuggets defensively are ranked 9th in the league in points per game surrendered with 105.7. They have forced 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the floor (20th in the league). The Denver defense allows 33.8% on 3-point shots (467 of 1,381) and their opponents are converting on 74.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 24.2 assists and 43.4 rebounds per game, ranking them 18th and 9th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver
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