Pro Hoops on Sunday and we will see the Denver Nuggets travel to the West Coast to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. The game is scheduled for a 9:30 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised live locally. Currently the odds for the game have Los Angeles favored by 4 points while the total sits at 211. Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.
Free Analysis: The Nuggets are just 8-14 on the road and often are a different team away from the home. Denver downed the Lakers at home 126-114 on Dec. 26 but was routed 122-103 in its previous visit to Los Angeles on Nov. 30. The Nuggets received 26 points from Danilo Gallinari in Saturday’s 110-91 home win over the Utah Jazz. Forward Kenneth Faried had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Utah for his 15th double-double of the campaign after the team feared he might miss the contest. Faried missed the team shootaround due to a stomach illness but elected to play and came through with a strong performance. “I got some medication to help my stomach and also help the dehydration,” Faried said. “It paid off a lot. I was able to come out and play, but I still felt kind of queasy. They said it was up to me at game time, but I’m not going to miss no games.” Faried had 21 points and 15 rebounds against the Lakers on Dec. 26.
The Los Angeles Lakers continue to sputter and find themselves two games below .500 entering Sunday’s home game against the Denver Nuggets. Los Angeles star Kobe Bryant has scored 27 or more points in 16 consecutive games since tallying a season-worst 14 against the Nuggets in the late November outing. The Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 107-102 on Friday. Center Dwight Howard didn’t practice Saturday after taking a blow to his right shoulder from Clippers forward Caron Butler during Friday’s game. Howard’s availability will be firmed up in the hours leading up to Sunday’s game. “I didn’t want it to bother me as much, so I just tried to do as much during the game to loosen it up,” Howard said. “I don’t know if that did anything, but I was in a lot of pain. I was in a lot of pain (Saturday) morning. It was tough to put my clothes on. We’ll see how it feels.” Forward Jordan Hill (ankle) also is ailing but expects to play against the Nuggets. .
Free Pick: Gonna be short with this one, but I will go with the Lakers. Los Angeles is 21-4 against Denver at the Staples Center and they seem to be playing much better of late now that Nash is back. Denver has struggled on the road this year at 8-14 and I just don't feel they will come up with enough offense to win this one. Lakers by at least 8.
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