Lakers vs Nuggets prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, April 3 best bets from proven computer model

Lakers vs Nuggets prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, April 3 best bets from proven computer model

The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperation mode as they host the Denver Nuggets in an NBA Western Conference game. The Lakers are hoping to end a five-game losing streak in Sunday’s game at Arena. Los Angeles (31-46) needs to move up a spot from 11th to make the West play-in tournament for the playoffs, with the season ending next Sunday. The Nuggets (46-32) are looking to stay out of this tight spot, but they’re just two games ahead of sixth-place Minnesota in the West. The No. 7 to No. 10 seeds will participate in the qualifying tournament.

Tipping is set at 3:30 p.m. ET. Denver is favored by 2.5 points in the latest Nuggets vs. Lakers odds at Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under for total runs scored is set at 231.5. Before making Lakers vs Nuggets picks, be sure to view NBA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

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Now the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Nuggets, and just locked in his picks and NBA prediction. You can head to SportsLine now to see model choices. Here are several NBA Odds and betting lines for Nuggets vs Lakers:

  • Difference Nuggets vs Lakers: Denver -2.5
  • Nuggets vs. Lakers over-under: 231.5 points
  • Silver line Nuggets vs Lakers: Denver -135, Los Angeles +115
  • DEN: Nuggets are 21-29 ATS as favorite, but 9-10 in road games
  • LAL: Lakers are 17-18 ATS this season as an underdog (5-5 at home)

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Why the Nuggets can cover

Denver has the favorite for league MVP on its side, and it’s a solid shooting team against a struggling Los Angeles team on defense. Nikola Jokic is the Caesars Sportsbook -240 favorite to win the league honor. He had 38 points and 18 rebounds Friday night, but the Nuggets lost 136-30 to Minnesota to clinch a three-game winning streak. He leads the team in goals (26.6 points per game), assists (eight) and rebounds (13.6). The Serbian star is also shooting 58%, the seventh best in the NBA, as the Nuggets shoot 48.1% from the floor to rank second.

The Nuggets are 24-16 on the road this season (21-19 ATS), and they’re 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning record at home. The Lakers really struggled on defense, with opponents shooting 46.8 percent (22nd in the NBA) and averaging 114.6 points (26th) against them.

Why the Lakers can cover

The Lakers didn’t play great defense, but they’re just one point behind the Nuggets. LeBron James leads the league in scoring (30.3 points), and he’ll be motivated to break the team’s slide in front of the home crowd and get back in the playoff hunt. He scored 38 points in a 114-11 loss to the Pelicans on Friday night. Anthony Davis, who is averaging 23.1 points and 9.8 rebounds, returned from a long-term injury Friday night and had 23 points and 12 rebounds. He should help bolster the defense, as he’s averaging 2.3 of Los Angeles’ 5.2 blocks per game (seventh in the NBA).

Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last five games playing on an off day, and it should be able to take offense on the fast break. The Lakers are fifth in the league in quick points (15.5), while Denver allows 12.9 per game (19th). LA is also a solid shooting team, ranking eighth in field goal percentage (46.8) and making 54.5% of its two-point tries (sixth).

How to Make Nuggets vs. Lakers Picks

SportsLine’s model looks at total points, projecting that teams combine for 229 points. The model also indicates that one side of the gap hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the model’s NBA picks on SportsLine.

So who wins the Lakers against the Nuggets? And which side of the gap hits in more than 50% of the simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you should jump to, all from the model who crushed his NBA picksand find out.