Denver Nuggets (19-33) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-38), 10:30 p.m. (ET)

( – A pair of struggling Western clubs square off Tuesday at
Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets have lost six in a row and the Lakers are winless in their
previous four games.

Los Angeles has dropped 13 of its last 14 games and came up empty on a four-
game tour out east. In Sunday’s 120-105 setback against LeBron James and the
Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love led the hosts with 32 points, Kyrie Irving had
28 and 10 assists, and James finished with 22 points, 10 boards and eight

The Lakers were paced by rookie Jordan Clarkson’s career-high 20 points. Ed
Davis and Wesley Johnson scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for LA, which
made 41 percent from the floor and dropped its 10th straight on the road. The
Lakers were down by as many as 26 points.

“We thought our guys were soft tonight,” Lakers head coach Byron Scott said.
“We allowed them to do anything they wanted.”

Cleveland shot 54.9 percent and sank 18-of-33 3-pointers.

Clarkson is averaging 13.8 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds since being
named a starter eight games ago.

After entertaining Denver, the Lakers, who are just 7-17 at home, will visit
Portland Wednesday.

The Nuggets have dropped six in a row and 13 of their last 14 games, including
Monday’s 124-114 setback versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder star Kevin
Durant poured in 40 points on 13-of-19 shooting and tied his career high with
seven 3-pointers.

OKC made 53.8 percent for the game and 12-of-24 3-pointers.

Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 23 points, while Kenneth Faried
registered 22 points with 10 rebounds and Ty Lawson added 22 points and nine
assists for the Nuggets.

“Well when I talk about the kind of losses that I can live with, this is one
of them,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “I just have to take my hat off to
those guys over there in that other locker room.”

Denver will also visit Milwaukee and Oklahoma City on this three-game trek and
has dropped four straight and seven of the last eight road games.

Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (Achilles) did not play Monday and is

The Nuggets and Lakers have split the first two meetings this season and will
square off again April 8 at the Pepsi Center. The Lakers ended a seven-game
slide to the Nuggets with a 111-103 victory on Dec. 30.