Denver Nuggets (37-30) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (30-36)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:30 PM ET
The Denver Nuggets travel to Staples Center for a Tuesday night clash with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets have won their last two games, including one against the Lakers, who are coming off an impressive 127-113 victory over the Cavaliers.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Lakers have a 51.8% chance to win (through Monday), or somewhere between -1 and -1.5 according to Wizard of Odds.
Nuggets dominate Kings at home
Gary Harris scored 21 points and Nikola Jokic finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Nuggets get a huge 130-104 win over the Kings last Sunday.
Denver was the better team from start to finish, leading by as many as 36 points. The Nuggets finished with a season-high 26 turnovers in a loss at Sacramento on January 6 but they turned the ball over just eight times on Sunday.
Key Stats of the Denver Nuggets:
- 108.7 points per game (9th)
- 46.4 rebounds per game (2nd)
- 24.0 assists per game (6th)
- 110.2 points allowed (28th)
Players to Watch:
Gary Harris (17.8 points per game, 16.9 PER)
Nikola Jokic (17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 24.0 PER)
Jamal Murray (16.2 points per game, 16.3 PER)
Lakers impress LeBron James on Sunday
Isaiah Thomas added 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former team while the Lakers outrebounded the Cavaliers 51-37.
Key Stats of the Los Angeles Lakers:
- 116.0 points per game (1st)
- 43.9 rebounds per game (15th)
- 30.5 assists per game (1st)
- 107.5 points allowed (20th)
Players to watch:
Isaiah Thomas (15.9 points, 5.7 assists, 15.4 PER)
Julius Randle (15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 20.2 PER)
Kyle Kuzma (15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 14.0 PER)
The Denver Nuggets are:
- 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games after a straight up win of more than 10 points
- 1-7 ATS in their last eight games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous contest
The Los Angeles Lakers are:
- 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games against a team with a losing road record
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games
- 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games after a straight up win of more than 10 points
- 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games
- 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous contest
These two teams met on Friday and the Nuggets won 125-116, with Murray, Jokic and Millsap all scoring over 20 points. Brook Lopez led the Lakers with 29 points and five rebounds. Both teams are playing decent basketball and this should be another fun to watch clash but I’m siding with the Lakers at home, fired up because of Jamal Murray’s behavior during Friday’s game.
Murray trash talked Lakers players at the end of that game, three months after dribbling around Lonzo Ball in the final seconds of a win in December, so there’s plenty of motivation for the Lakers to rally together and get some payback.