The Lakers didn’t fall to an 0-1 hole this time as they completely dominated after the first quarter. Both of these coaches have been a bit stubborn at times through the bubble, but there’s some talk of some adjustments to either the starting lineup or just overall strategy. On the whole, it’s only Game 2, so don’t expect any wild moves.
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-7.5), 9:00 pm ET
Team Totals: Nuggets 102.8, Lakers 110.3
Injury News: LeBron James (ankle) is probable, Rajon Rondo (back) is probable, Dion Waiters (groin) is doubtful, Will Barton (knee) is out, and Vlatko Cancar (foot) is out.
Injury Note: LeBron James tweaked his ankle, but coach Frank Vogel said LeBron should be able to go today.
Nuggets Expected Starters: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
Lakers Expected Starters: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee
Nuggets Rotation Notes: Michael Porter Jr. played the final 16 minutes (full garbage time at five minutes), Mason Plumlee and P.J. Dozier played the full fourth (garbage time), Torrey Craig only four minutes of overlap with Grant.
Lakers Rotation Notes: No Dwight until 10 minutes left in the second quarter (started the third over McGee), Caruso 12-minute stint in the first half and another two-minute stint in the second quarter, six minutes of Markieff Morris without another center in the first three quarters.
Malone Quotes: He said the Nuggets “have to do something different” against Anthony Davis and it was too easy because “he did not feel us.” He said his team didn’t guard anyone in the first quarter. He said the keys to beating the Lakers are getting back in transition, protecting the paint and giving them one shot, and the Nuggets failed in all of those areas in Game 1. He was upset that they were giving up layups after made baskets. He said Dwight has guarded Jokic well in the past.