Gallinari out vs Lakers with bruised left thigh

The Denver Nuggets will be without leading scorer Danilo

Gallinari against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night as the

forward sits out with a bruised left thigh.

Gallinari only played sparingly in a win over Charlotte on

Saturday. He’s averaging 16.9 points this season.

Nuggets coach George Karl was fully expecting Gallinari to be in

the starting lineup, saying before the game, ”I think he’s good. I

didn’t even check today. He told me this morning it was fine.”

Earlier this month, the smooth-shooting Gallinari missed two

games with a sinus infection. He is Denver’s top threat from

3-point range.

With Gallinari sidelined, Wilson Chandler will start. Corey

Brewer also could receive more playing time.