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Los Angeles visits Denver on 5-game road slide

April 9, 2022 GMT

Los Angeles Lakers (32-49, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (48-33, sixth in the Western Conference)

Denver; Sunday, 9:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles visits Denver looking to stop its five-game road losing streak.

The Nuggets are 29-22 in Western Conference games. Denver is ninth in the Western Conference in rebounding averaging 44.1 rebounds. Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets with 13.8 boards.

The Lakers are 17-34 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles is 13-22 in games decided by 10 or more points.

The teams play for the third time this season. The Nuggets won the last meeting 129-118 on April 3. Jokic scored 38 points points to help lead the Nuggets to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Will Barton averages 2.2 made 3-pointers per game for the Nuggets, scoring 14.7 points while shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc. Jokic is averaging 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.5 steals over the last 10 games for Denver.

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Russell Westbrook is averaging 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists for the Lakers. Malik Monk is averaging 2.1 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 6-4, averaging 119.0 points, 43.5 rebounds, 29.3 assists, 6.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 51.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.2 points per game.

Lakers: 2-8, averaging 115.0 points, 42.6 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 49.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.5 points.

INJURIES: Nuggets: Zeke Nnaji: out (ankle), Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Jamal Murray: out (knee).

Lakers: Russell Westbrook: out (shoulder), Anthony Davis: out (knee), Carmelo Anthony: out (illness), LeBron James: out for season (ankle), Kendrick Nunn: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.