Pair of Profitable Picks for Nuggets vs. Lakers NBA Betting

Joe Catalano

Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:26 PM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 3:26 PM UTC

How high is too high when we make our NBA Pick? Both teams at -220, and the die-hard bettor will still be looking forward to the NBA matchup of the Denver Nuggets (5-7) at the Los Angeles Lakers (3-10). 

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 pm ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California. The good news for the NBA fan is that there will only be one other game going on in the NFL at the time and this game is played in the Pacific Time Zone.

We look at the NBA betting odds and according to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, the Nuggets are a 2 (-105) point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 220. As I stated earlier, neither of these squads play a bit of defense. We could see a very high score here despite a lack of offensive talent.

Laying Down the Law
You look at the key players in this game and for the Nuggets, Ty Lawson leads the way as Sunday's "quarterback". Lawson has really been getting other players involved as of late.

In his last 10 games, he's averaging 16.7 points and 10 assists. The Lakers defense has as many holes as Swiss Cheese. Look for Lawson to have a field day against the L.A. defense which allows 112.5 points per game. Denver is on a 3 game winning streak and I definitely expect them to be confident in tonight's game.

Coming Home
Aaron Afflalo is a former UCLA Bruin and we could see some fireworks out of the veteran as he returns home. This isn't the first or last time that Afflalo has returned to Los Angeles, but he's carved out a nice NBA career for himself and when he was in college, he seemed like an overseas player at best.

Afflalo has been super-hot as of late, playing well above his season averages. In his last 5 games, Afflalo is averaging 18 points on 45.2 % shooting from 3-point range. Look for Afflalo to be one of the key players in this game and I can see Ty Lawson setting up the former UCLA Bruin often. Los Angeles isn't concerned about playing defense. If the shot is indeed falling for Afflalo, we could easily see a 20 point game from him.

L.A.'s Circus Show
At 3-10, the once famed Lakers are nothing more than a side show with their inability in stopping their opponent from putting the basketball in the hoop.

The Lakers are coming off of a very embarrassing 140-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. We have heard rumblings that Kobe Bryant may want to come to the Knicks and I can see why. That said, Bryant is forcing up shots that don't need to be shot. He's coming off of a 6 for 22 shooting performance against the Mavs and on the season, is shooting just 37.8% from the field despite averaging 26.7 points per game. Since when does Kobe Byant shoot 37.8% from the field? It's a sad state of affairs in Los Angeles.

This craze has fizzled out since point guard Jeremy Lin had left the New York Knicks for more money. Now, Lin has went from the Rockets to the Lakers and is starting to feel comfortable.

Lin will never be the player that we expected, but we can occasionally see him put up a big game like he did against the Mavericks. Lin had 18 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. With Bryant dominating the offense, it's very difficult for Lin get a consistent flow to his game. He's also very turnover prone and that's an issue. L.A. has very little to look forward to except possibly the play of Jordan Hill (14.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg).

The one consistent player and in my opinion, the best player on the Lakers squad is big man Jordan Hill. Hill has been efficient and more importantly clutch whenever he's taken the court and he'll need a huge game to keep Los Angeles in this game. Expect Hill to put another respectable performance. As a special treat I'm leaving you with two NBA picks for tonight's game.

Free NBA Picks: Denver -2 -105 & Over 220 at 5Dimes

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