- The Lakers will be up against another strong rebounding team when they host the Nuggets tonight at Staples Center. The Nuggets are No. 2 in the league in defensive rebounding at 46.8 a game, just behind the Pacers, who beat the Lakers by two points Tuesday night at Staples Center. L.A. is ranked third in the NBA in rebounding (45.9). Denver and the Lakers are also tops in the league in rebounding differential at +6.3 and +6.2, respectively. Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is tied for No. 4 in the league in rebounding (11.1) and Lakers center Dwight Howard is No. 8 (10.5).
- Faried blocked a career-high five shots in Thursday’s one-point loss at Golden State, two of which prevented breakaway baskets. Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the basket was denied after referees reviewed the replay. Iguodala scored 22 points in the loss, the fourth time this season he has scored 20 or more points. He hit that mark five times all of last season.
- Iguodala will open the game guarding Kobe Bryant, coach George Karl said. “We’re trying to have him have a human game and not a super-human game,” Karl said. Bryant averaged 29.1 points in the seven-game victory over the Nuggets in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs. He averages 25 points against Denver in his 17-year NBA career. Getting a win in L.A. has been tough overall, as the Nuggets are 4-25 in their last 29 road games against the Lakers.
– Dan Arritt