The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets both repeated their 1st and 2nd round playoff results. The Lakers lost Game 1 to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets before beating both, 4 games to 1. The Nuggets became the first team in the history of the NBA to go down 1-3 in the first and 2nd round before defeating the Utah Jazz and LA Clippers in 7 games.
The Lakers may not have the best roster remaining of the final four, but they have the NBA’s best chemistry. This team knows their roles and every member thrives in them. All this happens because Los Angeles has the best two players left in the bubble. Lebron James and Anthony Davis are averaging 54.2 points, 21.2 rebounds, 12,9 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 2.7 steals, combined per game. Rajon Rondo has provided a spark off the bench. He is averaging 10 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals per contest. The Lakers bench players have all contributed. Each night a different person shines as the 3rd option. Kyle Kuzma could put up some big numbers this series. The Lakers defensive and offensive chemistry is stuff championship teams are made of.
The Nuggets could have the deepest roster remaining inside the NBA bubble. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been a two-man wrecking crew. Murray is averaging 27 points and 6 assists. Jokic has averaged 25 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. Gary Harris, Jerami Grant, and Michael Porter Jr. can all hit the open jump shot and provide scoring when needed.
The Lakers have taken on 4 excellent guards in Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. They should be able to handle the scoring tandem of Murray and Jokic. The Lakers have too much length and their defense will be too much for the young, upstart, Nuggets
Lakers win in 5 games.
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