March 7, 2014 — 6:00PM (PST)
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
TV: TWC SportsNet / TWC Deportes
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)
The Lakers (21-41) have officially hit rock bottom. They just lost to their team they share their arena with, the Clippers, in a 142-94 blowout loss which included them being down by more than 50 points.
To make matters worse, they have to play vs. Denver Nuggets (26-34) at Pepsi Center, a location that the Lakers have always struggled at regardless of the talents on the Lakers roster. In their 4th game out of 5 nights, the Lakers will have to muster up some energy and show some pride to give Lakers new hope and something to look forward to for the rest of this season.
The Lakers started the 1st quarter decently well running its offense through C Pau Gasol, who scored 10 points in the 1st quarter. Tonight, the Lakers will have to continue to play through him throughout the entire game instead of just 1 quarter and hold on to the ball. The Nuggets, similar to the Clippers, like running up and down the floor, and they will take advantage of every Lakers turnover and have easy fastbreak points as a result.
Nuggets PG Ty Lawson, who averages 18.3 PPG, 8.8 APG, and 1.5 SPG, has caused the Lakers major problems throughout his career, quickly pushing the ball down the floor for easy fast break points and driving aggressively off on-ball screens.
PG – Ty Lawson/ Kendall Marshall [Advantage: Nuggets]
SG – Randy Foye / Jodie Meeks [Advantage: Even]
SF – Wilson Chandler / Kent Bazemore [Advantage: Nuggets]
PF -Kenneth Faried / Wesley Johnson [Advantage: Nuggets]
C – Timofey Mozgov / Pau Gasol [Advantage: Even]
Notable Bench Players
Nuggets: F JJ Hickson, G Aaron Brooks, G Evan Fournier, F Darrell Arthur
Lakers: G Marshon Brooks, PG Jordan Farmar, C Robert Sacre, F Ryan Kelly, G Xavier Henry
Bench Advantage: Even
Nuggets: Out-F Danilo Gallinari, Out-C Javale McGee, Out-G Nate Robinson
Lakers: Out-G Kobe Bryant, Out-PG Steve Nash, Out-G Nick Young, GTD-F Jordan Hill
Keys for Lakers Victory
Defense : The Lakers have allowed 274 points allowed the last 2 games. Tonight’s matchup will be another embarrassing outing for the Lakers if they do not spend more effort on the defensive end and show some pride.
Lets see how much energy the Lakers possess tonight. If they still want to show pride despite what has transpired this season, they will play with much more intensity and not let the Nuggets stomp on them. I really do not expect the Lakers to allow a team to score more than 132 points on them again, but winning tonight will be difficult since the game will be played in the high altitude of Denver.