The good news for the
The bad news is they'll play their fourth game in five nights in the altitude of Denver when they visit the
Denver has struggled this season under rookie Head Coach
Of course, so have the Lakers, who have more injuries than any team in the league this season.
Lawson is the driving force of Denver's offense, averaging a team high 18.3 points and 8.8 assists a game.
The North Carolina point guard has averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 assists in two games since he returned from the Feb. 8 rib injury.
Can the Lakers slow him down with
Meanwhile, Marshall has had four scoreless games over his last five, although he continues to rack up assists at a high level (9.4 a game on the season).
Farmar has been the Lakers' spark plug off the bench of late, although the Lakers couldn't get anything going against the Clippers on Thursday.
Farmar scored 20 in 26 minutes against the
Through two games, Mozgov has averaged 21.5 points with eight rebounds and three blocks a night.
The Lakers, on paper, should have the advantage against the Nuggets with the size and skill of
Gasol has played well the past couple of months for the Lakers. Even a big night against the Nuggets won't mean much if the Lakers can't get stops in Denver.
Defensively the Lakers have been a mess. Getting a win in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back just doesn't seem likely.