Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 4/22/2024 Preview and Pick

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Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

Date: Monday April 22, 2024

Place: Ball Arena in Denver, CO


Odds/point spread: Los Angeles (+7)

The Los Angeles Lakers (47-35) are headed to Ball Arena on Monday where they will try to defeat the Denver Nuggets (57-25) in Game 2 of their series. The Nuggets lead the series 1-0. Denver opens this game as a 7-point favorite. The over/under is set at 223.5.

NBA series predictions for Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Austin Reaves

The Lakers took a loss by a score of 114-103 in Game 1. In terms of fouls, the Lakers walked away with 15 and the Nuggets had 20 fouls. They also knocked down 15 of their 42 shots from three-point land. Denver finished the game at 83.3% from the free throw line by burying 5 of 6 attempts. Additionally, Denver grabbed 49 rebounds (15 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Denver dished out 27 assists and had 7 steals for the game. When discussing defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 46.1% from the field on 47 of 102 shooting. They also dished out 22 assists in the matchup and forced the other team into 4 turnovers and 3 steals. When it came to rebounding, they collected 40, 6 of which were offensive in nature. From the free throw line, the Lakers made 17 of 19 shots for a percentage of 89.5%. Los Angeles left the game with a 49.4% FG percentage (39 of 79) and converted 8 of 29 shots from beyond the perimeter.

Anthony Davis is a guy who came through in the game. Davis ultimately shot 52.2% from the field and recorded 5 dimes. He saw the court for 45 minutes and grabbed 14 boards. He accounted for 32 points on 12 of 23 shooting.

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Los Angeles takes the field this season with a mark of 47-35. They turn it over 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 15.6 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling in 43.1 boards per game and has 2,340 dimes for the campaign, ranking them 5th in basketball in passing the ball. The Lakers are hitting 37.7% from downtown (969 of 2,572) and 78.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 118.0 points per outing (6th in the NBA) while hitting 49.9% from the floor.

On defense, the Lakers are forcing 13.4 goals every game while committing 19.7 personal fouls. They rank 26th in basketball in assists to the opposition, with 2,316 surrenders on the season. The Lakers defensively allow an opponent shooting percentage of 47.4% (3,643 of 7,687) and, as a basketball team, surrender 44.0 boards per game. They give up 37.6% from beyond the arc and rank 23rd in the NBA in points allowed per game (117.4).

The Nuggets were able to put together 34 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards for a total of 49 in Game 1. They turned it over 4 times while earning 7 steals for the matchup. The Lakers earned 15 personal fouls for the game, with the Nuggets taking a total of six attempts to the free throw line. They converted 5 of their free throw attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. When discussing shots from distance, Denver buried 15 of 42 attempts (35.7%). At the end of this game, the Nuggets finished 47 of 102 from the field, giving them a percentage of 46.1%. The Nuggets allowed the Lakers to make 39 of 79 attempts from the field, giving them a shooting percentage of 49.4% in this game. They went 27.6% the distance connecting on 8 of 29 and finished the game 17 of 19 from the charity stripe (89.5%). In terms of rebounding, Denver allowed Los Angeles to pull down 40 overall (6 on the offensive glass).

Nikola Jokic pitched for the Nuggets for this game. Jokic earned 32 points in his 39 minutes on the court and added 7 assists in the game. He converted 15 of 23 for this game for a field goal percentage of 65.2%, and collected 12 rebounds.

Denver has a 57-25 record on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Nuggets shoot 49.6% from the floor, which ranks 4th in the league. Denver has scored 9,418 points (114.9 per game) and averaged 44.4 rebounds per game this season. They make 29.5 assists per game (3rd in basketball) and turn them over 12.6 times per game. The Nuggets commit 18.2 personal fouls each game and shoot 76.2% from the free throw line.

The Nuggets rank 6th in basketball in points per game conceded with 109.6. They can force 12.4 TOs per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the field (4th in the NBA). Denver’s defense surrenders 35.5% on three-pointers (919 of 2,587) and their opponents make 77.2% of their free throw attempts. They are giving up 25.7 dimes and 42.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 9th and 7th in the NBA.

Who will win tonight’s NBA game against the spread?

Tony Sink’s pick: take Los Angeles (+7)

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