NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 25, 2013

NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

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    The Los Angeles Lakers (28-29) have won all three of their games since the NBA All-Star break, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks Monday night, when they will be taking on the Denver Nuggets (35-22) at the Pepsi Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 7.5-point road underdogs in the NBA betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 218 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 103-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks as three-point road underdogs Sunday, while going under the total for the first time in four contests.

    Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 0-2 against the spread off an upset win as an underdog during the 2012-13 NBA season.

Denver Nuggets

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    The Denver Nuggets have alternated wins and losses over their last four games, and they are coming off a 113-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats as 10-point road favorites last Saturday.

    It's important for bettors to see that the Nuggets are 4-3 against the spread as home favorites of 6.5 to nine points this season.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Los Angeles Lakers as one of their sports betting picks Monday night, as the Denver Nuggets are 5.5-point home favorites in this affair.

    NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers +7.5

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