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Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets are running out of time to get back up to speed in time for the playoffs. Denver just got starting point guard Jamal Murray back, but will still be without Gary Harris and Will Barton. The Lakers are healthy, but still tinkering with their rotation amid a 2-4 start to their Disney experience. Both teams can afford losses right now, but if they can’t find their rhythm in time for the playoffs, their strong pre-pandemic runs will mean nothing. 

About Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan’s retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.
The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second “three-peat”. The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.
The Lakers hold the record for NBA’s longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.

Lakers vs. Nuggets in NBA bubble: Live stream, watch online, TV …

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The Lakers got the better of the Nuggets in the two healthy games these teams played against one another during the original season. Denver stole a win with LeBron James out in a December matchup. That previous success suggests a matchup that the Lakers can take advantage of tonight, but Murray looked like his old self in his debut Saturday. If the Lakers are going to right the ship tonight, they’re going to have to earn it. Here’s how you can tune into tonight’s marquee matchup. 

How to watch

  • Date: Monday, Aug. 10 | 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Disney Wide World of Sports — Orlando, Florida
  • TV: TNT
  • Odds: Lakers -5 | O/U: 223

Storylines

Lakers: We’re two games away from the playoffs and have no idea who the Lakers are actually going to put on the floor. The new starting lineup with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in place of Avery Bradley has been terrible. JaVale McGee has had a negative point-differential in all five of the Disney games he’s played in. Quinn Cook and Talen Horton-Tucker, who spent all season on the bench and in the G-League, respectively, are getting long looks for rotation spots in the playoffs. Eventually, Frank Vogel is going to have to settle on his top eight or nine guys. Right now? Practically everyone is in play. 

Lakers vs. Nuggets in NBA bubble: Live stream, watch online, TV …

Nuggets: Welcome back, Jamal Murray. The return of Denver’s nominal second option has created some thorny hierarchy issues. Michael Porter Jr., averaging over 29 points per game over his last four outings, has grabbed the reins as Denver’s leading scorer. He’s benefitting from many of the same passes off of cuts that Murray has feasted on in the past. Things are only going to get more complicated when the Nuggets have their full roster back. The Nuggets are more talented than ever, but don’t have much time to meld their new weapon in with the group that already existed. 

Game prediction

The Lakers have played most of their seeding games at half-speed. While their best players have actually played well in spots, their workloads are down and Vogel’s odd handling of the rotation has made it difficult for anyone to find a rhythm. Their shooting could rise back up to the mean at any time, but until the Lakers prove that they are taking these games seriously, it’s hard to give them five points in a matchup against a Denver team that looks more dangerous than ever with Porter as a budding star. The Lakers would be the pick in a playoff setting, but Denver has the edge tonight with the Lakers limping into the postseason. Nuggets +5

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