On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets will begin their seven-game series, and both teams are prepared for an intense Game 1 battle that could determine who advances towards winning an NBA championship.
As expected, these two teams have been stellar during the first two rounds of playoffs, earning impressive victories against their opponents and eliminating rivals in six games each round.
At one point in the season, the Lakers looked like they could miss the playoffs, but now they are the hottest team in the league. The Nuggets have been consistently near the top all season.
The Nuggets have been unstoppable this season and held on to first place in the Western Conference for more than 100 days leading into playoffs. At home, they boasted an unprecedented record of 6-0 in playoffs play against opponents like Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns to secure victory and advance to the conference finals.
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray’s stellar play in Rounds 1 and 2 make it unlikely for any opponent to match up with the Nuggets over seven games. However, they face a tricky test against the Lakers and must exert great effort to win this series.
On Friday night at Crypto.com Arena in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series against the Warriors, the Lakers defeated them with a final score of 122-101. This win propels them forward towards Western Conference Finals while eliminating current champions Warriors from the 2023 NBA Playoffs altogether – now set against the Nuggets the Lakers will have to up their game even more to advance to the NBA Finals.
To increase their chances of victory in this series, the Lakers must count on LeBron James, Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell to continue their impressive form. This series could become one of the most thrilling contests of these playoffs, and Los Angeles will certainly try their hardest to defeat the favored Denver Nuggets.
Jokic and Murray will be to much at home for the Lakers; take the Nuggets and give the -5.5 points.
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