The Denver Nuggets (42-21) visit the Los Angeles (30-34) Lakers tonight in a clash of teams currently on three-game losing streaks. However, with Denver sitting comfortably as the West’s #2 seed and LAL four games below .500, all the pressure falls upon Lebron James’ Lakers to salvage their fading postseason hopes.  The Denver Nuggets opened as 5.5 point favorites and a total of 227, the total has since jumped to 229.5.

DENVER NUGGETS:
Just two games behind Golden State atop the Western Conference standings, the NBA’s surprise success story has hit turbulence of late. Most recently, Denver was edged 104-103 by San Antonio in San Antonio. DeMar Derozan (24) and LaMarcus Aldridge (22) received just a hint more support than Nuggets leading scorers Jamal Murray (25) and Nikola Jokic (22). Another reason for Denver’s latest setback was the 2-of-8, 5 point performance from the usually solid Paul Milsap. Ultimately, though, San Antonio’s +10 FTM advantage sealed the Nuggets’ fate. Look for Denver to bounce back tonight vs. a Lakers team they hold a 2-1 record against this season.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS: 
With the greatest player of his generation appearing unscathed by the hands of time, Los Angeles seemed poised for a massive turnaround in 18-19’. Unfortunately, that pre-destined Hollywood narrative is no longer materializing for Lebron James and company. Currently amid a 3-9 freefall, hosting a spate of injuries, LAL has dropped to tenth in the Western conference’s tight playoff race. Monday, veterans James (24 pts, 8 rebs, 6 ast) and Rajon Rondo (24 pts, 12 ast, 10 rebs) hauled a limp Lakers’ collective as far as possible before stumbling  113-105 vs. hometown rival LAC. Danilo Gallinari (23) and Lou Williams (21) led the Clippers’ efficient charge. Meanwhile, the Lakers shot just 26% from deep and 41% overall in another late-season setback. Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (ankle) will not play tonight vs. Denver. Tyson Chandler (neck), Lance Stephenson (toe), and Brandon Ingram (shoulder) are all listed as questionsble.
BETTING TRENDS
-Los Angeles is 18-14 at home SU this season
-Denver is 15-15 away SU this season
-Los Angeles is 12-19-1 ATS at home this season
-Denver is 12-18 ATS away this season
-Denver is 34-11 SU this season as the favorite
-Los Angeles is 8-15 SU this season as the underdog
-Los Angeles averages 112 ppg this season
-Denver averages 112 ppg this season
-Los Angeles allows 113 ppg this season
-Denver allows 107 ppg this season
THE PREDICTION:
Look for a near-100 percent healthy Denver squad to regain winning momentum vs. a banged up, incoherent Lakers unit.
The Nuggets’ inside-out balance, and depth, will be too much for a frustrated Lebron James to lift his precarious crew over.
In addition to the road win, Denver will also cover the spread tonight against LAL.
FINAL SCORE: Denver-118 Los Angeles-107

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