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Lakers and Nuggets inflict pain for pleasure

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Denver to go through the motions against a rested Nuggets team. Both teams are in the midst of 4-game losing streaks. Whether someone wants to or not, one of them will leave with another victory tonight.

Jeremy Lin wails in agony as he drives into the mountainous Jusuf Nurkic
Jeremy Lin wails in agony as he drives into the mountainous Jusuf Nurkic
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Game 78: 2014-15 NBA Season

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20-57 (9-30 on road)
Series 2-1 Nuggets
28-49 (17-21 at home)
Apr. 8, 2015
Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
7:00 PM MT
Altitude / 950 AM

Jeremy Lin PG Ty Lawson
Jordan Clarkson SG Randy Foye
Wesley Johnson SF Wilson Chandler
Ryan Kelly PF Danilo Gallinari
Tarik Black C Kenneth Faried
Notes
Silver Screen and Roll Blogs Denver Stiffs

Kobe Bryant - Out (Rotator Cuff)

Wayne Ellington - Out (Shoulder Separation)

Ronnie Price - Out (Elbow Surgery)

Julius Randle - Out (Tibia Fracture)

Nick Young - Out (Kneecap Fracture)

Injuries

Wilson Chandler - Questionable (Fever)

Darrell Arthur - Doubtful (Soleus Strain)

Jameer Nelson - Out (Hip Flexor Strain)

The Lakers, who are tanking, close out the season with two games against the Sacramento Kings.  The Kings are currently one game worse than the Nuggets and hold the 6th best chance at the #1 overall pick. Etc... Denver has won 12 of the last 17 regular season home games against the Lakers

Pepsi Center will play host to a masochist's fantasy.  Denver has lost 8 of their last 10 games, including a home game to the lowly 76ers.  The Lakers have lost 16 of their last 20 games, though they beat Philadelphia twice during that stretch.  So put on your leather outfit and pick out a safety word, Nuggets fans, the Lakers are in town and Denver is one loss away from reaching 50 Shades of Bad.