It was yet another winner on Thursday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres went under the total of 6 ½ runs. Just like we said the Southern California weather patterns can be quite extreme in the month of April and May as we can have unseasonable warm days followed by a cold day the following night. With the weather mild this week in Southern California we have seen the Dodgers and Padres have gone under in two straight days. We turn our attention to the NBA on Friday as the Denver Nuggets are out west to face the banged up LA Lakers. The Nuggets and Lakers will begin at 10:30PM Eastern Time and it’s the NBA League Pass who will deliver the live national television broadcast. Our NBA best betting pick on Friday will be playing on the Denver Nuggets +5 points against the LA Lakers. The sportsbook offering the +5 points on the side of the Nuggets is Top Bet sportsbook.
The LA Lakers opened up in the betting as a -7 point betting favorite with the over under lined at 200 points. Money early has steamed on the side of the Nuggets as the Lakers have been bet down to as low as a -4 ½ point favorite at some online sportsbooks to a high of -5 points at a few betting shops. The total was bet up early as the game is now hung at 201 ½ points. Those who bet the LA Lakers on the money line will lay -190 odds. If you believe the Denver Nuggets can go into Staples Center tonight and earn the outright win your return is +170 for your wager on the money line.
Denver enters this game needing a win as the Nuggets currently sit as the 8th seed in the west and just 1 ½ games ahead of the ninth seeded Utah Jazz and two games ahead of the Phoenix Suns who currently sit in the 10th seed. Denver has had good pointspread success against the Lakers as they are 7-2-1 ATS in their past ten meetings. Point guard Ty Lawson gives the Lakers trouble with his penetration and dishing ability. The Nuggets have stepped up their offense as they have gotten healthy with Danilo Gallinari back in the lineup. Denver has averaged 106 points and 46.6% shooting from the floor and 38% from the three point line in their past five games.
The Lakers are a banged up team as they return off a road trip. Kobe Bryant has been troubled by a shin injury and point guard Ramon Sessions sprained his shoulder in the win at San Antonio. The LA defense has not been good as the team has allowed 104 points and nearly 45% shooting and 50% from the three point line in their past five games. The Lakers played over their heads in their win at San Antonio and I expect a bounce tonight from LA playing their first home game off their road trip. An improving Denver Nuggets team is the play tonight getting the +5 points so before placing your wager read sportsbook reviews.