This game is going to headline the night, as the Denver Nuggets take on the 1st seed in the West, the LA Lakers. The Nuggets and the Lakers are both set to be in the playoffs when the bubble ends, and this matchup could have some serious playoff implications. The Denver Nuggets enter this game ranked 3rd in the western conference, while the Lakers are 1st in the west. Denver is 46-24 so far this season, while LA is 51-18 thus far. Both teams have serious talent, so let us see who has the edge.
The Nuggets Keep FightingThe Denver Nuggets are enetering this game ranked 18th in the NBA in points scored per game. Jamaal Murray has been on fire this season, leading this offense at the point. Murray has shown his skills as the point man, distributing the ball to maximize this offensive power. The Nuggets will need to put up some serious points to compete with the likes of Lebron James and Anthony Davis.
The Denver Nuggets are ranked 10th in points allowed in the NBA. Denver will need to bring it tonight, as the Lakers are one of the best offensive teams in all of the association. Nikola Jokic and Bol Bol will be big in the paint tonight. The Lakers do struggle in the paint, so these tall players will need to use their body weight.
The Lakers Look to RollThe LA Lakers are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points allowed per game. The Lakers, led by defensive player Anthony Davis, will look to keep the perimeter shooting Nuggets on their toes tonight. Davis is the only real powerful blocker besides Dwight Howard, so AD will need to have a big night on the boards.
LA is coming into this game ranked 11th in the NBA in points scored per game. LeBron James, the absolute best player in the league right now, will have to go off tonight to get the Lakers the win. James is ready to show the critics what they have been missing, and will likely put up 40 points tonight and shoot for a triple double.
Stats & Trends
- Over is 5-0 in Nuggets last 5 overall.
- Over is 5-0 in Nuggets last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 6-1 in Lakers last 7 games following a straight up loss.
I love the Lakers in this matchup. The betting public is hot on the Denver Nuggets, but do not let this fool you. LeBron James is on an absolute mission, so this game will just be a stepping stone on the way to his championship victory. The James gang will show up big tonight and steam roll over Denver. Anothont Davis and James will play the perfect 1-2 punch that this team needs to deliver a knockout blow to the Nuggets. The Nuggets do not play good enough defense to handle someone as versitile as James, and even a guy like Kyle Khuzma could have a big night tonight and lift LA to a big win.