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Lakers vs. Nuggets Game Preview: Schedule loss

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This won’t be pretty.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are still reeling from a disappointing (depending on who you ask) loss to the Philadelphia 76ers but have a new beast to battle. Enter the schedule loss in Denver on the second-half of a back-to-back.

If an NBA team ever went 81-1, that one loss would come from losing in Denver after playing the night before. It’s the toughest turnaround an NBA team can do during the regular season. Now drop it in the middle of March with 60 games down the drain, and the Lakers may as well wear bricks for sneakers and dribble a ball without air.

It’s almost supernatural, like The Undertaker’s winning streak (before Brock) at WrestleMania. That’s terrible news for the Lakers, who took a deflating loss at the hands of Dario Saric less than 24 hours before moving on to Denver.

Now toss in the switch to daylight saving time, and we have ourselves the recipe for a classic disaster in Denver.

Jordan Clarkson looks exactly like Jordan Clarkson should look like without Lou Williams splitting the “I’m the bench scorer that keeps the Lakers alive in games they should already be down 30 in” role with. He had a fantastic, season-high night against the 76ers but it wasn’t enough as the Lakers’ defense was downright despicable.

The Nuggets are fighting for their playoff lives and can’t afford a loss to a tired Lakers team, so expect them to strike early to take control and leave the purple and gold staggered out of the gates.

Enjoy the game, you brave souls joining us on the journey to Denver.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV: TNT