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Lakers vs. Nuggets preview: Someone's gotta win

Two teams spiraling into despair meet. One will walk away with a rare victory.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are limping toward the All-Star break, but the Denver Nuggets come to town for the first half of the Lakers' back-to-back. This will be a battle between two very dysfunctional, bad teams. One team will walk away victorious, while the other keeps things status quo with the rest of their season.

If you thought the Lakers' season was strange-terrible-weird, Brian Shaw recently rapped a personnel report to his team. Denver went on to lose by 30 after said event. The Nuggets seem to have serious in-house problems between the players and coaching, which has spilled out onto a poor on-court product. The Nuggets' winning percentage (.365) is on track to be the franchise's worst since the '02-03 season. That's Pre-Melo.

The Lakers are worse, though, and have won just a single game over their last 14 contests. If the tires were already off this horrid season, the rims have now been ground into dust. The good news is a much-needed break is just two games away for the Lakers, and the trade deadline is on Feb. 19. These may be the final days this particular group of Lakers plays together.

Savor it while you can, and enjoy one of the last Lakers games for a little over a week.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Station: TNT

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