Tuesday , Apr , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers, Nuggets clash at Staples Center

(Sports Network) – Two teams moving towards earning berths in the postseason
battle tonight, as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Denver Nuggets at the
Staples Center.

The Lakers are No. 6 in the Western Conference playoff race, while the Nuggets
are the seventh seed and own a half-game lead over the eighth-seeded Clippers.

Los Angeles plays the finale of a five-game homestand tonight and is 2-2 on
the stand. Maurice Evans scored 21 points to lead the Lakers over Pacific
Division-rival Sacramento, 126-103, on Sunday at the Staples Center.

Superstar Kobe Bryant finished with 19 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles,
which halted a two-game losing streak. Luke Walton netted 18 points, while
Andrew Bynum scored 14 and Smush Parker contributed 13 and eight assists for
the Lakers, who have won six of their last eight games overall.

The Lakers are 24-13 as the host this season. They will act as the visitor on
Wednesday against the rival Clippers and will visit the Seattle SuperSonics on
Friday at KeyArena.

Denver wraps up a three-game road trip this evening. Carmelo Anthony posted 32
points and nine rebounds, as the Nuggets continued their push towards the
postseason with a 114-103 win over the SuperSonics at KeyArena.

Allen Iverson ended with 26 points and seven assists for the Nuggets, who
snapped a three-game losing streak. Linas Kleiza scored 16 points, while Steve
Blake contributed 13 points and seven assists.

The Nuggets are 17-18 on the road this season. They return home to host the
Kings on Wednesday and the NBA-best Dallas Mavericks on Friday at the Pepsi

This is the third of four meetings between the Lakers and Nuggets this season.
Both teams picked up a victory at home in the two previous contests. Denver
has lost eight straight and 18 of its last 19 at the Lakers.

Denver is scheduled to host the Lakers on April 9th at the Pepsi Center.