Last Updated on October 23, 2023 7:07 pm by Erwin Noguera
The 2023/24 NBA season is about to begin, and all teams are ready to fight as they try to stop the defending champions, the Denver Nuggets, as early as possible in this new season.
Many teams are armed to the teeth to face this new campaign. The Nuggets seem comfortable with all the heat pointed in their direction though.
Their first match for the season will be a clash against the Los Angeles Lakers, and we can only expect it to be exciting, considering that this can be seen as a fight between present and past glories.
Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 PM ET, at the Ball Arena
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Why Bet on the Nuggets?
The Denver Nuggets are coming off their first championship in franchise history and ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency. Last time out, Denver outscored the LA Clippers 13 points during the second half of a 103-90 road triumph. The Nuggets assisted on 27 of their 38 made field goals and shot 45 percent from the field.
Two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic matched a game-high with 25 points (9-15 FG) to go along with 14 rebounds and eight assists. Aaron Gordon chipped in 13 points and five rebounds for the Nuggets, who finished the preseason with a 3-2 record.
Why Bet on the Lakers?
On Thursday, Los Angeles concluded a 2-4 preseason with a 123-100 home loss versus Phoenix.
LeBron James led Los Angeles with 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting and pulled down six boards. Anthony Davis added 15 points and six blocks for the Lakers, who lost by 20 points in the third quarter. Los Angeles was outrebounded by a 50-36 margin and turned the ball over 22 times.
Final Betting Analysis: Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Nuggets swept the Lakers in the conference finals during last season’s impressive playoff run. The now defending NBA champions will begin this season at home against, most consider, one of the candidates for this season.
Denver defends its home court extremely well, evidenced by its 34–7 regular-season record in the Mile High City last season. It followed up with a 10–1 mark in the playoffs.
James and Anthony Davis each had a 40-point game in the WCF, but they ultimately lost to Jokić and Jamal Murray, who return with largely the same supporting cast, sans Bruce Brown. It might take James and the new-look Lakers some time to start clicking — remember, this team started 2–10 last season.
Take the Nuggets to cover on the night they unveil the franchise’s first banner and count on Murray to be at the center of that winning effort.
Look for a win on the Denver Nuggets’ Moneyline. If you put $100 on the Champions at -215, you’ll be looking at a $46.51 win with a total payout of $146.51.
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Pick: Denver Nuggets