Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Shooting Has Been A Problem For Lakers In Denver

Not only are the Los Angeles Lakers looking to remain undefeated on the season tonight, but they are also looking to snap a three-game losing streak in Denver. Here's a look at the last three losses the two-time defending champs have had in Denver:

April 8, 2010: Nuggets 98, Lakers 96

Kobe Bryant didn't play, but the Lakers managed a one-point lead at the end of three quarters. The Lakers shot 36.6% on the night, with an effective field goal percentage of 41.5%.

November 13, 2009: Nuggets 105, Lakers 79

The Lakers also played their ninth game last season in Denver, but they were only 7-1 entering this game. Shooting 34.8% from the field, with an effective field goal percentage of 38.8%, quickly dropped the Lakers to 7-2 with a 26-point drubbing. The Lakers were somehow able to regroup and secure the best record in the conference, en route to the NBA title.

February 27, 2009: Nuggets 90, Lakers 79

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Lakers shot poorly in Denver. This game was particularly bad, as the Lakers shot 29.8% from the field. It was the second-lowest field goal percentage since the 1986-1987 season, the first year for which full game logs are available. The Lakers managed to shoot 29.4% in Utah in November 2004.

That's three losses in three games in Denver, during which the Lakers shot a combined 33.6% from the field. Call me crazy, but the Lakers ought to shoot better tonight, especially against a team that just allowed 20-of-21 in a single quarter, if they want to win tonight to break one streak and keep another one alive.

For more Lakers news, analysis, and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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