Los Angeles plays Denver, seeks 4th straight home win

Denver Nuggets (41-19, third in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (32-28, ninth in the Western Conference)

Los Angeles; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles will try to keep its three-game home win streak alive when the Lakers play Denver.

The Lakers are 22-19 in Western Conference games. Los Angeles is 17-9 when it turns the ball over less than its opponents and averages 13.2 turnovers per game.

The Nuggets are 23-13 in Western Conference play. Denver ranks third in the Western Conference scoring 53.1 points per game in the paint led by Nikola Jokic averaging 16.2.

The 116.9 points per game the Lakers score are 6.7 more points than the Nuggets allow (110.2). The Nuggets are shooting 49.2% from the field, 2.0% higher than the 47.2% the Lakers' opponents have shot this season.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Nuggets won 114-106 in the last matchup on Feb. 9.

TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Reaves is scoring 15.7 points per game and averaging 4.0 rebounds for the Lakers. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.4 points and 13.1 rebounds over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

Jokic is averaging 25.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 6.9 rebounds over the last 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 7-3, averaging 120.7 points, 40.1 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 6.5 steals and 6.9 blocks per game while shooting 52.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.3 points per game.

Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 112.1 points, 45.4 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 8.3 steals and 6.0 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.6 points.

INJURIES: Lakers: Christian Wood: out (knee), Jarred Vanderbilt: out (foot), Gabe Vincent: out (knee).

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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