On Sunday, the Lakers will draw the
The Nuggets are a prolific three-point shooting team, taking 25.7 attempts a game. The Lakers are on the other end of the spectrum, shooting only 16.2 a game.
Denver can run hot and cold, so the Lakers, who have struggled is on defense, need to make sure the Nuggets are cold Sunday.
The trick will be slowing Lawson without enabling shooters like
Offensively, the Lakers are a much more dynamic team when Lin is contributing both as a scorer and playmaker. Through 13 games, Lin is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 assists while shooting an efficient 48.1% from the field, 43.8% from behind the arc and 90.7% from the free-throw line. The one blemish on his stat-line would be his 2.9 turnovers per game.
The Nuggets provide a number of issues for the Lakers. Foye has had big shooting nights. Nate Robinson is a well-known Lakers' nemesis. Afflalo does a reasonable job defensively on Bryant, and is a capable scorer.
The one player who always seems to torment the Lakers is center
The Lakers may be better than their record, but then so might the Nuggets. This should be a winnable game for the Lakers, but not an easy one.