The two teams previously met in late November at Staples Center.
The Lakers will be without
Lawson drives the Denver offense, both as scorer and playmaker.
The Lakers failed to contain him in November. They'll need to find a way to slow him on Tuesday, as his teammates all benefit from Lawson's creation.
The more attention the Lakers place on the Denver point guard, the more shooters like
Jeremy Lin could prove to be a valuable contributor, on both sides of the ball.
Mozgov always seems to raise his level of play against the Lakers. In November, he notched a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in just over 30 minutes on the court.
The Lakers did a solid job holding both Faried and McGee in check, but Mozgov was more of a problem.
Coach Byron Scott said he didn't expect to play newcomer Tarik Black against the Nuggets, choosing instead to hold him out until he got a practice or two under his belt.
The Nuggets have been an inconsistent team this year. The Lakers may be able to steal one on the road, but that may be a stretch.