The Denver Nuggets slowed down the red-hot Los Angeles Lakers at Ball Enviornment. Needless to say Denver has +1,000 odds to win this 12 months’s title whereas the Lakers have +2,500 odds per BetOnline. Whereas LeBron James and Anthony Davis had been each out, the Lakers nonetheless had the companies of Russell Westbrook. It was all for naught because the Nuggets had been capable of stave off runs within the second and third quarters thanks to large video games from their dynamic duo, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Murray completed with a brand new season-high 34 factors. In the meantime, Jokic notched his eleventh triple-double of the season with 14 factors, 11 rebounds, and 16 assists (a season-high for the reigning MVP.) Whereas the Nuggets famous person didn’t have the very best scoring evening, he was nonetheless the Nugget of the evening on account of his effectiveness in different sides of the sport.
Denver Nuggets Defeat Los Angeles Lakers 122-109
Nikola Jokic Inches Nearer to LeBron James in Profession Triple-Doubles
Jokic continues to climb the all-time triple-doubles checklist. He’s chasing none apart from LeBron James. Tonight marked the Joker’s 87th profession triple-double and has simply 18 extra to catch the King. Granted, James remains to be taking part in, and at a really excessive degree. So, it’s extremely potential he may add to his complete because the season progresses as properly. Nonetheless, being talked about in the identical breath as the nice LeBron James normally means you might be doing one thing proper in immediately’s NBA.
Nikola Jokic is having one other MVP-like marketing campaign. Coming into this matchup, Jokic was already averaging practically a triple-double with 25.3 factors, 10.8 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per sport. He has additionally improved his three-point capturing because the starting of the season. His share from past the arc has now climbed to 36.8 p.c. Jokic’s three-point share was within the low 30’s originally of the common season. Nikola Jokic is proving as soon as once more that he’s the back-to-back MVP for a purpose this 12 months. With how properly he’s taking part in with a now wholesome roster, it’s straightforward to see why the Denver Nuggets are on the high of the Western Convention standings as of proper now.
Nuggets Proceed Dominance at Residence on the Season
The Denver Nuggets continued their dominant home-stand towards the Los Angeles Lakers. After tonight’s win, the staff now has a 17-3 dwelling file this 12 months. That’s appropriate, you learn that proper. Not the Warriors, not the Celtics, not the Nets. However the Nuggets are presently probably the most dominant dwelling staff within the NBA. Denver has all the time been identified for his or her home-court benefit. Up to now, it has been primarily a mix of the excessive altitude and their fast-paced play that has gotten the very best of opponents. Nevertheless, with an MVP in Nikola Jokic together with three high quality items in Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and Aaron Gordon, the Nuggets at the moment are a dominant dwelling staff in immediately’s period for a unique purpose. One factor is for sure after tonight. The Denver Nuggets are to not be taken calmly when taking part in at Ball Enviornment.