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Nuggets jockeying for top seed, Lakers’ LeBron on the cusp of 40k points ahead of clash on Denver7

The Nuggets are a game back of first place and LeBron James is poised to make history in a high-powered matchup Saturday on Denver7.
Posted at 8:52 PM, Mar 01, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-02 02:24:06-05

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will likely become the first player in NBA history to surpass 40,000 career points during Saturday’s game against the Nuggets airing on Denver7.

James, already the league’s all-time leading scorer, needs just nine points to accomplish the feat.

He’ll look to accomplish the feat against a Nuggets team in the thick of the race for the Western Conference’s top seed. Denver is just one game back of the first-place Minnesota Timberwolves following Minnesota's loss on Friday night.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are a game-and-a-half out of the eighth playoff seed in the West.

The No. 3-seed Nuggets have been powered by another MVP-caliber campaign from Nikola Jokic, who on Thursday fell three assists shy of a fifth consecutive triple-double. He recently passed James for career triple-doubles, despite playing 1,034 fewer games.

Jokic’s 21-point, 19-rebound, 15-assist game on Feb. 23 against the Washington Wizards gave him a triple-double against every team he’s played. He became just the third player all-time to do it, joining James and Russell Westbrook.

The Lakers carry a 21-9 home record to Saturday’s matchup at Arena. The Nuggets are 17-14 on the road this season.

Saturday’s game tips off at 6:30 p.m. MST on Denver7.

Denver Nuggets 2023-24 Schedule

Mar. 2: Nuggets at Lakers - ABC Denver7
Mar. 5: Nuggets vs. Phoenix - TNT
Mar. 7: Nuggets vs. Boston - TNT
Mar. 9: Nuggets vs. Utah
Mar. 11: Nuggets vs. Toronto
Mar. 13: Nuggets at Miami - ESPN
Mar. 15: Nuggets vs. San Antonio
Mar. 17: Nuggets at Dallas - ABC, Denver7
Mar. 19: Nuggets at Minnesota - NBA TV
Mar. 21: Nuggets vs. New York
Mar. 23: Nuggets at Portland
Mar. 25: Nuggets vs. Memphis
Mar. 27: Nuggets vs. Phoenix - ESPN
Mar. 29: Nuggets vs. Minnesota
Mar. 31: Nuggets vs. Cleveland - NBA TV
Apr. 2: Nuggets vs. San Antonio
Apr. 4: Nuggets at Los Angeles. - TNT
Apr. 6: Nuggets vs. Atlanta
Apr. 9: Nuggets at Utah
Apr. 10: Nuggets vs. Minnesota - ESPN
Apr. 12: Nuggets at San Antonio
Apr. 14: Nuggets at Memphis