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Nuggets @ Lakers: Los Angeles, Denver look to end losing skids

Nuggets @ Lakers NBA odds spreads and predictions

The Denver Nuggets will travel to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

Both the Nuggets and Lakers are currently on losing skids.

The latest loss for Denver came on Monday night.

Jamal Murray finished with 25 points and eight assists, and Nikola Jokic added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Nuggets in a 104-103 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Malik Beasley contributed 15 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench, and Paul Millsap chipped in five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal for Denver.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 24 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the victory.

The loss to the Spurs marked three straight defeats for the Nuggets. They also suffered losses to the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

Game information

When is it? Wednesday March 6th

What time is tip off? 10:30 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Staples Center

Which channel is it on? ESPN

The lowdown

The turmoil continues for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Their latest loss came at the hands of their crosstown rival.

James finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Lakers in a 113-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night at the Staples Center.

Rajon Rondo added 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Josh Hart contributed 17 points and four rebounds off the bench, and Kyle Kuzma chipped in 13 points and six rebounds for the struggling Lakers.

Danilo Gallinari led the Clippers 23 points and six rebounds in the win.

Before falling to the Clippers, the Lakers suffered losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

Nuggets @ Lakers Spread

The Denver Nuggets are giving the Lakers 3.5 points in this basketball game.

I like the Lakers and the points in this one. Not 100 percent sure Los Angeles walks out of the Staples Center with a win, however, I do believe they will keep the game close.

Roll with Los Angeles and the points here.

Nuggets @ Lakers Over/Under

The over/under in this one is set at 230 total points.

My final score prediction: Denver Nuggets 120, Los Angeles Lakers 117.

Take the over in this matchup.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Los Angeles Lakers are the team in the NBA with the most attention and they aren't even in the playoffs.

The New York Knicks even had an 18-game losing streak earlier this season, but it wasn't what is currently going on with the Lakers.

The reason for that? Yes, it is because of LeBron James.

James hasn't been on a losing team since his rookie year, however, in his first season with the Lakers, his team is in danger of not making the playoffs.

The Lakers (30-34) are 5 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the eighth seed in the Western Conference entering Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. They have lost nine of their last 12 games, including a matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

The Lakers and Nuggets have split their two games this season, each team winning at home, and both enter Wednesday's matchup having lost three straight games.

The Nuggets have lost three straight for the third time this season, but they have always made a comeback in their next game. After losing four in a row and six of seven games in November, they went on an incredible 11-2 run.

The Lakers' struggles, on the other hand, began when James missed 18 games this season, and the Lakers went 6-12 in those matchups. Since James' return, the Lakers have struggled to find consistency, going 3-8.

One hundred percent of the blame shouldn't be put on James' shoulders because he isn't the only player to miss time with an injury. Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram all have missed games as well.

Ball has been out since Jan. 19, and Ingram was out Monday after feeling pain in his right shoulder following the morning shootaround. Then in the fourth quarter, Kuzma left the game after rolling his right ankle. Kuzma won't play Wednesday.

Both teams are desperate for wins heading into the Wednesday night tilt, especially the Lakers.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA