Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tip-off: Friday, November 30, 2012 – 10:30 PM ET
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
In order to eliminate the Denver Nuggets from the NBA playoffs last season, the Los Angeles Lakers needed to win seven games.
YouWager experts consider that managing a win in their first meeting since will likely require an improved shooting performance, especially from the free throw line.
Tonight, Kobe Bryant and his team will try to bounce back from the Lakers’ worst effort of the season when the meet the Nuggets.
The 34 year-old player is close to that pace this season, leading the NBA with 27.7 points per game. Bryant’s averaging 31.8 over the past four games, but Los Angeles has dropped three of them to fall to 2/3 under coach Mike D’Antoni.
The Lakers were unable to end on a high note another big night by Bryant in Wednesday’s 79-77 home defeat the Indiana Pacers, giving up the decisive basket with 0.1 seconds to play. Bryant overcame the flu to pour in 40 points, but he committed 10 turnovers while the Lakers shot a season-low 31.6 percent from the field and missed 20 of 43 from the line.
The Nuggets are trying to salvage a victory in the finale of this three-game road trip, but the team may feel it should be looking for a winning record.
Video review stopped Denver’s celebrations by showing Andre Iguodala’s potential game-winning 3-pointer came after the buzzer in Thursday’s 106-105 defeat versus the Golden State Warriors.
Coach George Karl looked like he was short of declaring a controversy.
Iguodala, who finished with 22 points, leads the Nuggets with 15.7 per game and is shooting 39.3 percent from 3-point range. The swingman is averaging 17.3 points in six road meetings with Los Angeles even when shooting 3 for 19 from beyond the arc.
Danilo Gallinari, who contributed 20 points and nine rebounds last night, may be looking to redeem himself in this visit to Staples Center after making just 1 of 9 shots from the floor to finish with three points in Game 7.