9:00 PM ET, November 13, 2013
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Injuries have plagued both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets.
However, both teams have plenty of reason to be optimistic.
Wilson Chandler is expected to make his season debut tonight when Denver go for their longest winning streak versus Los Angeles in over 18 years.
The Lakers (4-5) still have to do without their star backcourt of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Bryant remains sidelined after surgery in April to repair a torn Achilles, while Nash will be out at least two more weeks due to nerve problems in his back.
The Nuggets (2-4) have been in a similar situation due to injuries to forward Danilo Gallinari (knee) and center JaVale McGee (leg), who are out indefinitely.
YouWager experts believe that with Chandler back could give Denver the lift they need.
The oft-injured forward has been hampered by a hamstring injury after averaging 13.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 43 games last NBA season.
The 26 year-old’s return is rather timely after he went 10 of 18, including 3 for 5 from 3-point range, and scored 23 points in a 119-108 home victory versus Los Angeles on Feb. 25.
A similar effort could help the Nuggets win back-to-back games for the first time this basketball season, and give them their first four-game win streak versus the Lakers since April 8, 1994-Feb. 3, 1995.
Denver is coming off their best game of the season Monday in a 100-81 win versus winless Utah Jazz, which they outscored 30-13 in the fourth quarter.
According to the NBA live lines, theNuggets were averaging 20.2 points in the final period over their first five games, and Shaw was pleased with the improvement.
The Lakers also come in on a high note after shooting a season-best 55.7 percent and going 11 of 20 from beyond the arc in a 116-95 win versus the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
Jordan Hill assisted in Bryant’s absence, sinking 7 of 12 from the field to finish with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the basketball season.