Nuggets vs. Lakers - Free NBA Picks, November 19th

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:22 PM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 3:22 PM UTC

Even though the Lakers look like a competent team to start the season, they will be tested tonight with the Nuggets coming to town. The sportsbooks have the NBA Odds in favor of the road Nuggets at -5, with a total of 222 ½

Nuggets vs. Lakers

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Free NBA Pick: Nuggets -2 1HBest Line Offered: at BetOnline

Denver has been playing well on both ends of the court as of late, and even on the road, they are going to punish the Lakers on both ends. However, I’m not ready to trust them as -5 road favorites against a Lakers team that has the ability to hit shots.

Instead, the first half spread looks to be our meal ticket in this one for several reasons. Denver comes into this one winners of four of their last five games SU, while the Lakers 1-5 SU and ATS over their last six. LA has really struggled to score in those games, too, averaging just 101.4 points per game over their last five.

The biggest thing to take away from that is they are finally regressing back down to earth, while the Nuggets might be hitting their stride after their impressive win over the Pelicans.

On top of that, while the first half spread is small, the Lakers have really struggled to score in the first half this season. They have an offensive rating of just 98.4 in the first half this season, and even though they are playing at a great pace in those games, they will likely not be able to score as easily on this Nuggets squad.

Denver has done most of their recent work at home, but I like them to continue their momentum against the faltering Lakers in the first half tonight.

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