Nuggets, Lakers, to meet for the third time

Nuggets, Lakers, to meet for the third time

The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers are set to meet for the third of their four-game meeting this season. These two teams actually split their first two meetings this season, with the Nuggets giving the Lakers their first win this season. The Nuggets are currently at 17-10, while the Lakers are still at the bottom with a record of 11-16. Coming into this game, the Lakers only won their last five games. The Nuggets on the other hand, have won three of their last five matches. Their meeting will be on December 17, 2022, at 11:00 AM (GMT+8), as the Lakers host this game.

The Nuggets are coming into this game from a 141-128 victory against the Wizards. For this game, they are looking to finally get their fourth consecutive win. Since they are from a three-game winning streak, expect that this team is currently in a good momentum. As for their opponent, the Lakers are actually not having a good season right now. They cannot get the consistency that they need to be able to win consecutive matches. Additionally, from their last five matches, winning only one means that their momentum is not good. Coming into this match, they are hoping to finally get their rhythm.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
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The Nuggets had a very high-scoring match against the Wizards on their last meeting, scoring 141 points on that match. Their win in that game is their third straight victory in the NBA, after experiencing three consecutive defeats. Coming into this game, they eye for their fourth consecutive win. With that, expect them to put a fight against the Lakers, especially that they just came from a high-scoring game. On their last match, it just proves why Jokic is a back-to-back MVP, as he provides opportunities for the Nuggets. This team made 65.1% field goals on their last match, huge for a team to make. They are second in offense with 117.2 points per game, and 28th in defense, giving up 115.6 points per game.

Their scoring leaders are Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray who scored 23 and 21 points respectively on their last match. However, Michael Porter Jr. was ruled out in this game, following his heel injury.

Los Angeles Lakers

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
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This squad suffered a tough loss against the Celtics on their last match, a thrilling match for both teams, reaching the overtime. Actually, before their loss to the Celtics, they are from a win against the Pistons. The Lakers though put up a fight though in that match as they managed to come back from a 15-point deficit. The Celtics defense is just too much for the Lakers, so they could not escape that. Their head coach believes that they are just giving too much points, which is why they are having a hard time winning against other teams. They score 111.2 points per game, the 23rd in the league, while giving up 112.7 points, the 14th in defense.

Anthony Davis and Lebron James continue to lead the Lakers when it comes to points with 37 and 33 points respectively. Russel Westbrook is also providing numbers off the bench with 20 points on their last game.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 118.5
Odds: 0.88

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