For the first game of the 2023-24 NBA regular season, we go to Ball Arena in Denver, CO. This is because the Los Angeles Lake will be visiting the Denver Nuggets for the first game of the season. While the Denver Nuggets are the defending champions, the Lakers are looking for revenge. Therefore, which team will reign supreme for this matchup? Let’s see what our experts have to say with their Lakers vs Nuggets Basketball Betting Pick and Prediction.
The basketball betting websites all have the Denver Nuggets as a heavy favorite for this game. This is because not only are they the defending champion, they also have the home advantage. Therefore, it is not a surprise to the Denver as a -200 favorite for this game. However, basketball handicappers still expect the game to be close with the over/under at 227.5.
Lakers vs Nuggets Basketball Betting Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers: +168
- Denver Nuggets: -200
- Over/Under: 227.5
- Point Spread: 4.5
*Basketball Betting Odds courtesy of VOBET Sportsbook
Lakers vs Nuggets Basketball Betting Prediction
Last NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets during the Western Conference finals. For the Lakers, it was a difficult loss. Especially since it was a sweep by Colorado. However, for basketball fans, it was one of the most competitive series they had seen during the playoffs.
This season, the Lakers are expecting a different outcome with a more consistent roster and a few position changes. Furthermore, Lebron James returns for his 21st season and is the sixth player in NBA history to do so. In addition, he wants to get that fifth title and to bring him closer to Michael Jordan’s 6 championship titles.
The Lakers did not perform well during the preseason with a 2-4 record. Of course, the preseason does not mean much since it is just a few warmup games to break in the rookies.
The Denver Nuggets will be playing their first regular season game after winning their first championship title in franchise history. During their last preseason game, they won 103-90 against the Clippers during a road game. In addition, Two-time league MVP, Nikola Jokic had a game high of 25 points with 14 rebounds and 8 assists.
For the NBA preseason, the Denver Nuggets have a 3-2 record. This season, online sports betting experts are expecting to see some impressive field goal percentage.
Lakers vs Nuggets Basketball Betting Pick
Date: October 24, 2023 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers to win at +168
Forward Michael Porter Jr. of the Nuggets has not been seen during the entire preseason. In addition, it is questionable if he will play on Tuesday.
Ultimately this will come down to the two superstars on each team. Therefore, despite all of the hype on the Nuggets, the Lakers will win with a final score of 115-112.