In the third and final meeting between these two teams, the Nuggets are looking to top the Lakers 2-1 for the season.
In our last meeting against the Lakers, we were Jokic-less due to his hip flexor strain and ultimately took the 120-116 loss.
Wilson Chandler, who hadn’t been very effective in the games prior to the game in LA, led the team with 26points,9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Kenneth Faried neared a double-double in the first quarter alone. He ended that night with 14points, 17 rebounds, and 1 dime. Danilo Gallinari and Gary Harris both ended their night in LA with 17 points.
Nick Young led Los Angeles with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Right behind him was DeAngelo Russell, who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists.
In our February 1st meeting, the Nuggets pick and roll defense was atrocious and the defense in general was just not there. As it had all season, the Nuggets lack of defense was their demise.
In hopes to keep their comfortable hold on the eighth seed, the Nuggets need to play with a desperate mindset, just as they did on Friday against Boston and Saturday against Sacramento. Defense will be key to getting the W tonight in the City of Angels.
Now 31-35, the Nuggets need to stay focused and play true Mile High Basketball if they want to stay ahead of Portland, who is just a game and a half back of the eighth.
Nuggets Stats: Lakers Stats:
PPG: 110.7 PPG: 104.3
FG%: 46.6 FG%: 44.5
RPG: 46.3 RPG: 43.8
APG: 24.8 APG: 20.7
Last 10: 6-4 Last 10: 2-8
Keys to Victory, Courtesy of Sean English:
- Defense: In the Nuggets past three wins, they have held their opponent under 100 points.
- Gary Harris: Harris is having a career season and ranks 1st amongst shooting guards in field goal percentage.
- Consistency: The Lakers are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. If the Nuggets have playoff aspirations, they will take care of the lowly Lakers.
Kenneth Faried (back) doubtful
Wilson Chandler (groin) questionable
Jameer Nelson (hip) questionable
No injured players