Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 10/24/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+5)
The Denver Nuggets (53-29 last season) are welcoming the Los Angeles Lakers (43-39 last year) at Ball Arena on Tuesday. Denver is 5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 227.5.
The Lakers took the court against the Nuggets and ended up losing by a score of 113-111 in their last contest. In reference to personal fouls, the Lakers finished with 19 and the Nuggets racked up 20 personal fouls. They made 12 out of their 33 shots from beyond the arc. Denver shot 86.4% from the free throw line by converting 19 of 22 shots. Furthermore, Denver pulled down 40 boards (11 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Denver earned 25 dimes and had 3 steals for the contest. Pertaining to the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 48.2% from the floor on 41 out of 85 shooting. They also dished out 20 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 8 turnovers and getting 5 steals. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they compiled 38 with 8 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Lakers knocked down 23 of their 26 attempts for a percentage of 88.5%. Los Angeles ended the game with a 46.5% FG percentage (40 of 86) and made 8 of their 20 3-point shots.
Anthony Davis is a guy who played a role for the contest. He accounted for 28 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 42 mins and also grabbed 18 rebounds. Davis went 61.1% from the field and also distributed 1 assist.
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Los Angeles heads into this contest after finishing with a mark of 43-39 last season. They averaged 117.2 points per contest (6th in basketball) while hitting 48.2% from the floor. The Lakers connected on 34.6% on shots from beyond the arc (885 of 2,558) and 77.5% from the free throw line. As a group, Los Angeles collected 45.7 boards per contest and earned 2,072 dimes last season, which ranked 15th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game and as a squad committed 17.9 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Lakers were able to force their opponents into 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 21.5 fouls. They conceded 34.4% from 3-point land and they were 20th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (116.6). The Lakers defensively allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% (3,607 of 7,698) and they relinquished 44.9 rebounds per game as a team. They were ranked 15th in basketball in giving up assists with 2,104 surrendered throughout last year.
For their last game, the Nuggets walked away with a victory by a final of 94-89 against the Heat. The Nuggets recorded 46 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 57 in the matchup. They coughed it up 14 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. The Heat committed 21 fouls in this contest which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for a total of 23 shots. They were able to make 13 of those for a rate of 56.5%. In regard to 3-point shots, Denver converted 5 of 28 attempts (17.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Nuggets walked away from this one shooting 38 for 84 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.2%. The Nuggets permitted the Heat to convert 33 of 96 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 34.4% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 25.7% from beyond the arc by going 9 out of 35 and finished the contest at 14 of 16 from the free throw line (87.5%). When discussing attacking the glass, Denver allowed Miami to snag 44 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Nikola Jokic was important for the Nuggets for the game. He made 12 of 16 for the contest for a field goal rate of 75.0%, and earned 16 rebounds. Jokic had 28 points in his 42 minutes on the court and had 4 dimes for the matchup.
Denver had a win-loss mark of 53-29 last season. The Nuggets committed 18.6 fouls per game and they hit 75.1% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 28.9 times per game (2nd in basketball) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 14.5 times per game. Denver accumulated 9,495 pts throughout last year (115.8 per game) and they snagged 43.0 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Nuggets shot 50.4% from the field, which was ranked 1st in the league.
The Denver defense conceded 34.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (933 of 2,711) and their opponents converted on 77.5% of their free throw shots. They concede 25.7 dimes and 40.8 boards every game, which ranks them 16th and 1st in the NBA. The Nuggets on defense were ranked 8th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 112.5. They forced 13.5 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 47.8% from the floor (20th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+5)
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