Lakers (15-17) vs. Nuggets (18-16 - vs. Utah 1/5)
9:30 PM EST
Lost last 2
10-7 at home
9-12 vs. West
Steve Nash 10.3 points, 8.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds
Darius Morris 4.8 points, 2.1 assists, 1.5 rebounds
Kobe Bryant 30.5 points, 4.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds
Pau Gasol 12.2 points, 3.9 assists, 8.5 rebounds
Dwight Howard 17.4 points, 1.9 assists, 12.0 rebounds
Lost last 1
8-14 on the road
13-10 vs. West
Andre Miller 8.8 points, 5.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds
Andre Iguodala 13.8 points, 4.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds
Danilo Gallinari 15.8 points, 2.4 assists, 5.5 rebounds
Kenneth Faried 12.1 points, 0.8 assists, 10.0 rebounds
Kosta Koufos 7.7 points, 0.6 assists, 6.3 rebounds
Denver smashed the Lakers on December 26th, dealing Los Angeles a 12-point loss, their worst defeat in more than a month. Once on a roll, the Lakers have hit some muddy turf and their wheels are spinning.
That matchup was in Denver, where the Nuggets are almost unbeatable, and it was on the second night of a back to back for the Lakers. This time the Lakers will have a day to rest and they'll be in Los Angeles. Both those pieces of data are favorable for the Lakers. Expect a much more interesting game than last time, and expect the Lakers to come out on top.
Note: In his last 16 games, Kobe is averaging 34.2 points, 4.3 assists, and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 48-32-82%.