Game 59: Lakers vs. Nuggets

 

Lakers rolling into town after crushing the Suns

 

Records:

Denver 38-20 (21-7 at home)
Lakers 48-10 (21-6 on the road)

 

The Lakers played last night at home against the Suns and without Steve Nash they didn't stand a chance ... even with Nash, they didn't stand a chance.

L.A. won going away 132-106.

Now some of you out there may be saying the Lakers could be tired after playing last night and traveling from California to Denver for a back-to-back. Well consider these two things:

  1. The Lakers are 11-3 in the second of back-to-backs.
  2. Only one player for the Lakers played over 30 minutes last night and it wasn't Kobe (27 minutes), but rather Lamar Odom (32 minutes).

So the Nuggets will be facing a fresh Lakers squad tonight and nobody is giving them a chance to pull off the upset. As I was picking my ESPN Streak Game for the night I noticed they did have this game up for betting.

I could not get myself to pull the trigger and select the Lakers no matter how much of an underdog Denver is. Sure they have lost 9 straight games to the Lakers, including the playoffs last season, but L.A. isn't immortal.

Teams play their best basketball with their backs against the wall. There is absolutely no reason to believe that the Nuggets will come out and play inspired ball tonight after watching their play the last four games, but dammit I think they are going to win.

Denver will not have an easy time tonight and I have no clue who is going to get the job done this evening, but I think the Nuggets will pull this one out.

In fact: Nuggets win tonight ... make no bones about it, book it, write it down, bet the farm, guaranteed!

 

 

 

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