Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets 2/12/2020

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Betting Lines & Free Pick

  • The Lakers head to Denver to face the Nuggets; Los Angeles is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest NBA betting lines.
  • Denver is a home underdog but is only three games behind the Western Conference-leading Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

The Lakers go on the road to finish the first half of the NBA regular season with a matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Can Los Angeles add another win to their 22-5 road record? Keep reading to get the free pick!

  • When: February 12, 2020, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Pepsi Center
  • NBA Betting Lines: Lakers -2.5
  • Over/Under: 220
  • Moneyline: Lakers -143 vs. Nuggets +123

Betting on the Lakers? Record: 40-12, 1st in the NBA Western Conference

The Lakers are on a beeline to this year's championship. Los Angeles keeps on getting better and better as we saw in their last game against the Suns, who they defeated 125-100.  

LA tops the rankings in both offensive and defensive efficiency this season and plays well at home or on the road. The Lakers road record (22-5) is better than their home record (18-7), and they've already beaten Denver previously this season.

However, the Lakers might find it more difficult to beat the Nuggets this time around as Jokic is playing much better at this point in the season. And, with the return of Paul Millsap, the Nuggets' starting lineup could be even better.

Betting on the Nuggets? Record: 38-16, 2nd in the NBA Western Conference

You won't see the Nuggets as home dogs too often. Denver has won 18 of its last 22 home games, so don't expect the Lakers to make easy pickings of this matchup.

The Nuggets are having a fantastic season, which got better with a win over the Spurs on Monday. Denver beat out San Antonio after trailing 23 points in the second half.

Point guard Jamal Murray was fired up in the game against the Spurs, scoring fourteen points in the final quarter. Murray is averaging 28.3 points on 58.9 percent shooting from the floor and a 48.4 percent success rate from downtown.

But, the onus of winning is on Nikola Jokic. The Serbian was named Western Conference Player of the Week for his performances in the Nuggets' three wins last week, and he'll have to pull off another stellar game to beat LeBron and the Lakers.

Rockets Offense vs. Lakers Offense

  • Total Score: 114.63 vs. 110.33
  • Field Goal %: 48.77 vs. 46.43
  • Three-Point %: 36.34 vs. 35.55
  • Free Throw %: 76.49 vs. 77.71
  • Total Rebounds: 46.17 vs. 44.91

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of LA Lakers' last 15 games.
  • LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last five games.
  • LA Lakers are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games against Denver.
  • Denver is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last six games.
  • Denver is 6-1 SU in their last seven games.

Insider Prediction: The Lakers are on a red-hot scoring streak. LA scored 125 points in back-to-back games against the Warriors and Suns. I think the Lakers will win, but the Nuggets will keep it close enough to cover.

Pick: Nuggets +2.5