The Nuggets have something in common with the Lakers -- both teams have lost 13 of their last 14 games.
Denver is coming off a Monday-night loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, drawing the Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back.
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson (Achilles) is questionable for the Nuggets.
The Nuggets' offense starts with point guard Ty Lawson, who isthe team's leading scorer (16.6 points a game) and play-maker (9.9 assists a night).
The Lakers will counter with rookie Jordan Clarkson, who is averaging 13.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last eight games as a starter.
Clarkson is shooting just 39.8% from the field and 28.6% from three-point range in that stretch, but the Lakers are patiently giving him the chance to learn the position.
Denver scores 100.6 points a night on average, while allowing 104.3. The Lakers are worse at 99.4 points offensively against 106.3 defensively.
Scorer Nick Young has been in a prolonged slump. The Lakers could use the boost -- now would be a good time for him to rediscover his shooting touch.
The Lakers have a real shot to end a four-game losing streak on Tuesday against the reeling Nuggets.