Lakers vs Nuggets: The Lakers won’t have Kyle Kuzma for their matchup against the Nuggets, but they might have Brandon Ingram. The injuries won’t stop coming for the Los Angeles Lakers. After rolling his ankle against the LA Clippers on Monday,
Event: NBA Basketball
Team: Lakers vs Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2018
the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, and will get a precautionary MRI on his right sprained ankle, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.
The Lakers’ season seemed to have hit its nadir on Monday night when they lost to the Clippers, which was their seventh defeat in their last 10 games. Has the written demise of the Lakers presented bettors with an opportunity to cash on LeBron as an underdog tonight when L.A. hosts the Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Through 60 games for the Lakers this season, Kuzma is the team’s second-leading scorer and is averaging career-highs in points per game (18.8), field goal percentage (46.5 percent), free-throw percentage (76.1 percent) and assists per game (2.5).
In the month of February, Kuzma averaged 20.7 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field. He was one of three Lakers to average at least 20 points per game in February along with LeBron James and Brandon Ingram.
Ingram, who sat out of Monday’s game against the Clippers, has been listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets due to soreness in his right shoulder. Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) have also been listed as questionable. Stephenson has missed the last three games for the Lakers.
Due to the number of banged up bodies on the roster, only eight players did on-court work for the Lakers during practice on Tuesday:
Denver Nuggets (42-21) vs Los Angeles Lakers (30-34), Staples Center
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Lakers are coming off another defeat against the LA Clippers, whereas the Nuggets faced a close loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.
Let us see how things stand for both teams ahead of the clash tonight.
The Nuggets are sitting just below the Warriors, at second place in the West, with a record of 42-21.
They faced the San Antonio Spurs in their last game and lost to them by one point. Jamal Murray led the team with 25 points and eight assists on the night, and along with him, Nikola Jokic scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Also, Isaiah Thomas scored seven points coming off the bench in the 16 minutes that he played. Four players were in double figures, but the team still fell short by one point.
The would want to ensure that they are more clinical at the crunch moments going forward, so that the individual contributions of their players don’t go in vain.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ perspective
The playoff spot is seemingly getting farther and farther away from the Los Angeles Lakers. They face a lot of competition ahead with clashes against teams like Celtics and Raptors.
They faced LA Clippers in their last game where LeBron James scored 27 points, dished six assists and grabbed eight rebounds. Also, Rajon Rondo notched a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
None of that was enough though, and the Lakers would look to get back to winning ways soon.