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The (55-20) Los Angeles Lakers will be in their white jerseys for a Sunday matinee at Staples Center hosting the (46-29) Denver Nuggets.

The red-hot Lakers, winners of nine straight games are looking to push their winning streak into double digits. They’re a league-best 17-1 since the All-Star break.

The Lakers and Nuggets have split the first two games of their three-game series. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Nuggets. They’re 18-3 all-time against the Nuggets at the Staples Center, and 10-2 in their last 12.

The new-look Nuggets are on a five-game winning streak of their own. They’re 14-4 since the All-Star break. Since rhe Carmelo Anthony trade, the Nuggets are a faster team with depth at every position. They’re the top scoring team in the league averaging 107.5 points per game.

They’re a solid rebounding team averaging 41.9 boards per game. The have a solid defensive by allowing 102.7 on the season; they’ve lowered that number to 95.2 in their last five games. With the combination of Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton at point guard, they have made their squad a faster team that likes to get out in transition.

The Lakers defense has been outstanding, omitting the Suns game; they’ve allowed an amazing 87 points per game in their last five. The front line has been the key.

Andrew Bynum has been in beast mode, his impact on both ends of the floor has been dramatic. He’s been doing a solid job of clogging the middle, protecting the rim, blocking or changing shots and grabbing every available rebound.

The Lakers front line has to come out aggressive on both ends of the floor. They need to control the tempo of the game, stop the dribble penetration of the guards, get back in transition and rotate out to open shooters. They can also control the tempo by establishing Bynum and Pau Gasol in the painted area and provide them enough touches to dominate. The Lakers have to rely on their offense, using excellent ball movement and excellent player movement moving the ball from side to side to find a high percentage shot as well as move the defense.

The Lakers done an excellent job of taking care of the ball and limiting their turnovers. They’ve shown the mark of champion, winning when you don’t play your best game. The bench played well in the second half of the Jazz game. That trend needs to continue. This is the attack the rim time of the year.

The Purple & Gold need a repeat performance from the reserves as well as more consistency. The Nuggets bench scored 45 points in their last game. The Lakers need to play with a high level of energy, activity, effort and with playoff intensity.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Nuggets:
T. Lawson, A. Afflalo, D. Gallinari, K. Martin, N. Hilario

Tip-off: 12:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • Denver: ABC

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Denver: KKFN AM 950 (Jerry Schemel & Mark Bertagnolli)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • Devin Ebanks ((Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out

Nuggets:

  • PF Chris Anderson (Sprained Right Ankle) Out
  • SG Arron Afflalo (Hamstring) Game Time Decision
  • PF Al Harrington (Undisclosed) Day-to-Day
  • PF Kenyon Martin (Flu) Day-to-Day
  • SF Wilson Chandler (Sprained Ankle) Day-to-Day
  • stunna2007

    Win number 10 is on the way sign sealed and it will be delivered….lakeshow lets get it….

  • rondo

    Kobe feed the big dog sometime!

    • LakerMarc

      Kobe seems to suffer from amnesia

  • L.A

    fuck denver!!!!
    ahhhhh hate to lose to them badly!!!

  • rondo

    Jump shots and not feeding the bigs .

  • Chi-Town Walt

    Played SOFT AS HE.. 2Day blew a chance 2 stand pact with da spurs,bulls.Damn

    • riley

      you act like you scared we can win on ANYBODY’S FLOOR

  • Kobe279

    our bench really need to step it up. i think we should let shannon walk

  • riley

    Steve Blake Pass too Got damn much
    Shannon Brown dribbles too damn much

    • LakerMarc

      Blake was good today tho’ I mean you can see he’s heating up for the playoffs…Shannon has all kinds of ball handling skill issues which I have been talking about on this site for years now…….THIS IS WHY THEY DONT START…you will never see Brown become a starter the way ARIZA did…and it wouldn’t happen even if another player recommended it on the roster. Shannon has hops but he’s still very limited, altho he has improved, then he goes thru extended dry spells…STEP IT UP SHANNON….

  • lakers

    even tho, i think we shouldve won..this game doesnt really hurt us, it just ruins our chances of catching S.A, but thats okay..im just worried about playing the blazers…….a little

    • LakerMarc

      Nah cuz the Lakers have won the last 2 games there which tells me that the ‘HISTORIC’ problems the Lakers have HAD in Portland\, are just that, HISTORY.

  • LakerMarc

    yeah win #10 is on the way…sure it is….the Lakers were stumbling around throughout this game and it blew up in their face…Gasol made ALL KINDS OF MISTAKES!!! and Shannon Brown was as ineffective as he’s been of late. Kudos to LO and Matt they were great as was Fish…Kobe? well Kobe needs to quit throwing up crap…the usual garbage issues that lead to garbage results…I hate the Nuggets moreover I hate their immature ghetto loud mouth players (JR SMITH< KENYON MARTIN, AARON AFFLALO) and now they are going to talk all kinds of shit and make like they could win it all and the Lakers just left the door open…why do you do this?……This is not the hood….No Shirt, No Class No Service should be the sign on our window, Lakersnation…try telling the Lakers that. Sure the Lakers can dismantle Utah, Dallas, and San Antone…..and lose to Denver with so many of their key players out????? Pathetic.

  • rondo

    Bynum was on a roll in the first quarter and then Phil took him out he lost is groove . Kobe never passes the ball to him but wants him to rebound and defend. You got to pass the ball some times to the big dog.Make the big dog happy.

  • bynumpower