The Nuggets are a dominant home team when teams travel to play in the altitude of Denver on back-to-back nights.
Even so, the Lakers will have a difficult time getting a win in Denver . . .
Ty Lawson is Denver's primary scorer and playmaker, averaging 21.7 points and 7.3 assists per game.
Lawson is shooting 43.9% from the field, 38.5% from behind the arc and 81.0% from the free-throw line. He takes about seven free-throw attempts a game and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.1-1.
Slowing down the Nuggets starts with Lawson, but that's no easy task.
Steve Blake will draw the assignment for the Lakers.
Offensively, Blake has shot the ball well from three-point range, converting 22 of 45 attempts (48.9%). Where he's struggled is inside the arc, hitting just 7 of 31 (22.6%).
If Blake can provide his team with a steady outside threat while doing his best to contain Lawson (no easy task), the Lakers may have a chance to steal one on the road.
Athletic power forward Kenneth Faried is pushing his way back from a hamstring injury.
In his last game, his fourth start of the season, Faried scored 15 points with 13 rebounds. The Nuggets need Faried to be a presence both on the boards and in the scoring column.
The Lakers have the advantage over the 6-foot-8 Faried, starting 7-footer Pau Gasol and 6-foot-10 Jordan Hill in the front court.
Hill scored a career high 21 points on Tuesday against the Pelicans. Strong play from Hill makes the Lakers a much tougher, physical team.
If there is a moment to steal a game in Denver on the second-night of a back-to-back, it's on Wednesday.
The Lakers have yet to win two games in a row this season. The Nuggets are still searching for an identity while dealing with injuries.
A strong performance could bring the Lakers back to .500 but getting past the back-to-back in Denver may be too much to ask.