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The unbeaten Denver Nuggets (4-0) will try to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers (1-3) from winning their second straight game on back-to-back nights Thursday when they visit them as small road favorites at sportsbooks.
The Lakers are coming off a 131-113 rout of the Phoenix Suns on the road Wednesday, their first victory with LeBron James, who totaled 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
NBA betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 116.7-105.9, Nuggets (NBA picks on every game)
Why the Nuggets can cover the spread
The Nuggets are one of only two undefeated teams left in the Western Conference along with the New Orleans Pelicans, and they have also gone a perfect 4-0 against the spread this season.
Denver will be returning to the Staples Center for the second time in five games after opening the season there with a 107-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers as 2.5-point road favorites on October 17.
The Nuggets are 16-5 straight up and 15-6 ATS in the past 21 meetings with the Lakers, and they are the lone team in the West giving up less than 100 points per game.