NBA Preview – Game 13: Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Oct 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) passes the ball from under the basket during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Nuggets won 97-88. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets are hot right now, riding a three-game winning streak as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday night. Denver is arguably coming off their best performance of the season, shooting a season-high 52.4% percent en route to a 117-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

What: NBA Preview – Game 13: Denver Nuggets (5-7) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3-10
When: Sunday, November 23rd
Where: STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, California)
Time: 9:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM MST
TV: Altitude Sports

As noted in the introduction, Denver shot a season-high 52.4% from the field, defeating the Pelicans at home. The team also shot 11-of-24 from downtown, making it three-straight victories entering Sunday nights game vs. Lakers.

Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo were solid yet again in the victory Friday night. Chandler scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Afflalo tied a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. JaVale McGee had a solid game off the bench, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the field as he finished 14 points.

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Danilo Gallinari looked like his old self Friday night. The forward scored 17 points off the bench, shooting 5-of-7 from the field including 3-of-4 from three. When Gallo was on the court, Denver was a solid +18 in point differential.

Los Angeles is coming off a 140-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Friday night. Jordan Hill continues to be a double-double machine for the Lakers, scoring 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, collecting 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-22 shooting, notching 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Denver Nuggets (5-7):

PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Wilson Chandler
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov

Los Angeles Lakers (3-10):

PG: Jeremy Lin
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Wesley Johnson
PF: Carlos Boozer
C: Jordan Hill

Tip-off between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers is scheduled for 9:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM MST.