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NBA betting action sees the L.A. Lakers taking on the Denver Nuggets Sunday December 30th at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO. Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.

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L.A. Lakers (9-22)vs. Denver Nuggets (13-18)
Venue/ Stadium: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Time/Date: 9 PM EST Tuesday, December 30, 2014
NBA Betting Odds
NBA Betting Point Spread: Nuggets -7.5
NBA Betting Over/Under Odds:  214
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L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Preview

On the season the Lakers are 14-15-2 ATS and they have an O/U record of 17-14 and the Nuggets are 11-18-2 ATS and they have an Under record of 12-17-2.

This season the Nuggets are 9-7 at home and the Lakers are 5-11 on the road.

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In their last games the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns 116-107 and the Nuggets lost to the Toronto Raptors 116-102.

Both teams are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but the Lakers have dropped 3 straight and are the 7.5-point betting underdog facing a Nuggets’ team that has a winning record at home.

The Nuggets have won 7 straight over the Lakers.

The Lakers have a decent offense ranking 12th in scoring, but their D ranks dead last in the league in opponents points allowed. In their 3 game losing streak they have given up 113, 102, and 116 points respectively.

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Kobe Bryant only scored 10 points in the loss to the Suns after sitting out 3 games to rest. He has lit up the Nuggets, as in his last games against them he has averaged 31.4 ppg.

Ty Lawson leads the Nuggets in scoring on the season and in the 7-game winning streak over the Lakers he has averaged 21 ppg and 12 assists per game.

The Lakers have not only been a poor defensive team, but they are not a good rebounding team as well. And they beat the Lakers on the glass in the first meeting with them this season.

The Nuggets are also struggling on D as of late and overall they rank 27th in the league in opponents’ points allowed. Bryant has to get some help from the likes of Nick Young and Carlos Boozer on the offensive side of the floor. Boozer and Jordan Hill are the 2 guys that have to play well in the paint tonight on D and not allow the Nuggets to dominate the boards.

Denver struggled with their shot shooting under 38% form the floor in the first meeting this season facing the Lakers and they still won the game.

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In their previous 6 games facing L.A. they had averaged 123.2 ppg.

NBA Betting Trends

* L.A. is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
* L.A. is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
* Denver is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
* Denver is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
* Denver is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Lakers.

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All streaks come to an end and while that may not happen tonight the Lakers will, at least, cover the spread.

Check out our Updated NBA Betting Odds.

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By Jason Green

Jason Green is back with Cappers Picks again to give out his free sports plays. As always he's hoping the Braves and Redskins can win a championship since their last one in the 90’s was long ago. He’s starting to know the pain of Cubs fans.