The derby of the Western Conference between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers draws enormous attention. It is why we’ve decided to make a preview for it.
LA Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Game Preview
The No.1 and the No.2 team in the West are clashing this Wednesday. This match means a lot for both, and it might radically change the entire playoff picture of the Western Conference.
Denver is currently trailing the Lakers three games, and is half a game ahead of the Clippers, and two in front of the Jazz. But if they win here, they could be in a position to chase the top spot. Also, they would drag into that race the Clippers who are pretty close.
If the opposite happens, Frank Vogel’s team will rebuff the Nuggets’ push and will keep the safe distance between them and the rest of the rivals. So we can say that the stakes are pretty high.
LA Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
|Lakers||+120||+2.5 -110||O 208.5 -110|
|Nuggets||-135||-2.5 -110||U 208.5 -110|
Where and When to Watch the LA Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Game
- Date: February 12th
- Time: 10:00 PM EST
- Location: Pepsi Center, Colorado
- Watch live: NBA TV
Lakers Keeping the Good Rhythm
After losing against the Rockets and their small-ball setup, the Lakers bounced back to defeat the Phoenix Suns with 125-100 this Monday night. The Suns also tried the same tactics, but this time the LAL was ready for it. Anthony Davis neutralized the guests’ tries to exploit his height, while on the other side, Rajon Rondo gave an impulse in the offense.
Lakers have only two losses over the previous 10 matches on the road, both during the exhausting tour throughout the East. They are looking very well offensively, scoring at least 125 points in three of their latest four events. James is not focused that much on scoring, but wants to use the entire lineup and prepares them for the playoff challenges. Vogel, too tries to find the third player who might join AD and LBJ and jump in when these two aren’t in the position to pull the team.
There are no injuries reported at the moment, and it appears that besides the long-absent DeMarcus Cousins, all the Lakers players will be ready for this event.
Nuggets Ready for the Throne
Denver wants to defeat the Lakers and to pressure them and the top seed. They know that LAL has to encounter with Clippers and that the two teams from LA have their own fight.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets are looking better and better, and they’ve posted 8 wins over the last 10 events. Nikola Jokic reached his MVP form, and the Serb is pounding harder than ever. Although his stats are not like during the previous year, Jokic’s impact on the team is probably bigger. Besides him, Jamal Murray is also getting better and better, and after a period of unstable performances followed by an injury, the sharpshooting guard is catching his usual rhythm.
Will Barton, Mason Plumlee, and Michael Porter Jr, are unavailable, but the Nuggets should get a lot from the players they acquired during the trade.