Bank Shot: Game of the Week

Games of the Week: Denver Nuggets (35-22), Minnesota Timberwolves (20-33)

With only two games this week, the most important game this week is against the Denver Nuggets.

Photo courtesy of Robyn Beck, Getty Images
Photo courtesy of Robyn Beck, Getty Images

Currently riding a three game winning streak and 11-4 in their last 15 games, the Lakers seem to be gearing up for a legitimate run at a spot in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

Monday night the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in the second game of a back to back. The Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks in an early Sunday game, 103-99 and now have their sights on beating the Nuggets who presently sit in the fifth spot of the Western Conference at 35-22.

After an up and down season filled with inconsistency, lackluster performances, and key injuries, the Lakers have only lost seven more games than the Nuggets. The Nuggets have defeated the Lakers twice already this season including a blowout loss on 126-114 the day after Christmas. The game versus the Nuggets is the game of the week for many reasons:

The Lakers need road wins

With a road record of 10-18, the Lakers need to find ways to pick up more wins on the road. The Pepsi Center in Denver would be the perfect place for the Lakers to make a statement against a young team that is hungry to prove it really belongs, and what better way to prove you belong than to beat a team that’s starting to look like the team everybody expected them to be.   This is a game the Lakers have to come out with tons of energy and let winning on the road be their guide.

The Lakers are playing a back to back

The second game of a back to back usually shows the age of this current Lakers team. In the second game of a back to back, on December 26 versus the Nuggets, the Lakers looked old and slow as they were beat badly in transition and many of their shots fell short of the rim. Clearly resembling someone recovering from back surgery, Dwight Howard had a horrible game as he had no lift in his legs. However, this Lakers team is different than the one in December and a win in the mile high city would serve as a legitimate notice to the rest of the league.

With only 25 games remaining, the Lakers cannot afford to lose many more games. The Lakers currently sit two games behind the Houston Rockets (31-27) and four games behind the Utah Jazz (31-25) in the loss column.  The Lakers have to make up games and make them up fast! If the Lakers continue their winning ways combined with the will of Kobe Bryant, the Rockets, Jazz, and even the Warriors may began to feel the heat.