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Pick against the spread, best player prop for Nuggets vs. Lakers on Thursday

We go over some of the best betting options for Thursday’s Nuggets vs. Lakers matchup.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to host the Denver Nuggets in the second game of Thursday night’s TNT doubleheader. Los Angeles won their second consecutive game against the Atlanta Hawks, while Denver won six of their last seven games. Both teams will be plenty rested as the Lakers haven’t played since Monday night, and Denver’s last game came on Sunday. There are plenty of betting options to choose from on DraftKings Sportsbook, but here are our best bets for an against the spread pick and prop bet.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ET, TNT

Pick ATS: Nuggets +5

Denver has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA over the last few weeks, and they should cover this number as underdogs. The Nuggets have been exceeding expectations, covering the spread in six of their last seven, while the Lakers are doing the opposite, just 1-4 against the spread in their last five. Factoring in Denver’s postponed game against the Detroit Pistons earlier this week, the Nuggets have one extra day of rest over the Lakers. Maybe that’s not a huge factor, but it sure doesn’t hurt. There’s a lot to like for the road dogs.

Player Prop: LeBron James U24.5 points (-110)

LeBron James is probable to play in this game despite a left ankle sprain he’s been battling all year. It doesn’t seem to be a significant factor for him as he continues to play a decent number of minutes, but it may have something to do with his relatively low point total in recent games. The over/under for him is set at 24.5, which James hasn’t reached in any of his last three games. The Lakers need him in the NBA Playoffs, not for a regular season game in February, so it might make sense for them to limit his minutes, making his point total not exceed 24.5 on Thursday night.

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