Match-Up: Los Angeles Lakers(55-22) at Denver Nuggets(50-27)

This game will have a playoff feel to it as two of the West’s best teams square off. The Denver Nuggets(32-6 Home) have defeated the Lakers twice in three meeting this season, including a 105-79 thrashing in Denver. The Nuggets enter this game, winners of nine out of their last ten home games. Forward Carmelo Anthony has been playing well, averaging 22 points and six rebounds over his last five games.

The Los Angeles Lakers have stumbled recently, losing three of their four contests, including an embarrassing 100-81 loss at home against the Spurs on Easter Sunday. Kobe Bryant, fresh of his contract extension, has averaged 24.6 points over his last five games.

The Nuggets are one of the best home teams in the league. Emotions will be running high on Thursday night. Will the Lakers be able to snap out of their funk? I don’t think so. I’m taking the Nuggets and their tough defense at home.

The Pick: Denver Nuggets

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