Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets Betting Preview

Written by superuser | February 11, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets Betting Preview


The NBA week will conclude with an exciting matchup on Sunday night when the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers battle at the newly named Ball Arena in Denver. There will not be any Ball brothers present, but it will be an exciting game.

Anthony Davis has missed some during the week but should be able to return in time for a battle with Nikola Jokic.

These two teams went back and forth with one another all throughout their postseason matchup last year, the five games being relatively close. Davis sank a buzzer-beater to all but erase Denver’s hopes of pulling one final upset to find their way into the Finals.


And for Davis, it showed that the trade to bring him to Los Angeles was justified, as he showed that he could deliver in the big moments when he was called upon to do so.

Denver has been up and down this year, a far cry from the bunch we saw a season ago. They did lose Jerami Grant, but his regular-season role wasn’t significant enough for it to be a valid excuse for this year.

Jokic has played in every game. That in and of itself should have the Nuggets in better standing, but it’s been a bit tough for them. Hopefully, a bounce-back is coming, and this one can be close.

Before we move on, go take a look at our updated NBA championship preview.

Lakers Look to Continue Dominance

When you beat a team 4-1 in a playoff series, you dominated them. They found a chink in your armor once, but you found theirs four times. It’s too early for the odds to be on the board at online sportsbooks, but we’ll get you sorted.

That being the case here, Los Angeles had Denver’s number all throughout the conference finals. They made sure to end the series as quickly as possible and just move on.

Assuming Davis is back, the Lakers should be at full strength. Markieff Morris has rejoined the starting lineup in his absence, starting to get comfortable again.

Second-year man Talen Horton-Tucker has also been very good off the bench, expanding upon the small role he played in last year’s playoffs. The Lakers seem to be even more dangerous than they were a season ago.

Montrezl Harrell provides some good offense off the pine, while Alex Caruso continues to deliver high-energy efforts. They don’t miss Rajon Rondo much.

Denver Seeking a Win

It has been a weird season for many teams, Denver included. Michael Porter Jr. missed several weeks early in the year and is still working his way back to top form.

Jamal Murray has been in and out of the lineup. And for the second season in a row, Gary Harris has dealt with a significant injury.

On the bright side, the team has been getting some solid production out of Will Barton.

Monte Morris has stepped into a much larger role, while JaMychal Green has played great off the bench. At the end of the day, Jokic will carry the team through much of the game. But if nobody else steps up in late moments, losses will be the result.

Denver needs to start to win with consistency because the West seems to be very tough this season.

Lakers End the Week with a W

Sorry Denver, but you’re not getting a win here. That belongs to the Lakers.

Our 76ers at Pacers pick didn’t go as planned, but go take a look and see what we said about the game.