The Los Angeles Lakers will need to string together some wins down the stretch to remain inside the top six in the Western Conference and avoid the play-in tournament prior to the playoffs. Los Angeles is in a three-way tie with the sixth best record along with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. On Monday night, they will host the Denver Nuggets, which enter with the third best record in the West at 43-21.
LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Lakers as this will be his third game returning from his injury that sidelined him for more than a month. However, Dennis Schroder entered the NBA health and safety protocols and is out indefinitely. Will Barton and Monte Morris remain out for the Nuggets, while Zeke Nnaji is questionable with an ankle injury.
Pick ATS: Nuggets -3
The Lakers desperately need wins down the stretch, but it’s not coming on Monday night. Even with the return of James and Anthony Davis, Los Angeles has lost three straight games including six of the last seven. The Lakers are playing a back-to-back after losing to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Nuggets were already in Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers on Saturday and had a day of rest heading into Monday night. All signs point to Denver covering this spread.
Player Prop: TBD
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