September 9,2020 at 9:00 PM
9/18/2020 9:00 PM
Lakers and Nuggets Kick-Off Western Conference Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers face the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Orlando on Friday. The Nuggets did something that no other team has done in NBA history to get to this point. They actually went down 3-1 in each of their first two series, winning three-straight in both to advance to the Conference Finals. While the Utah comeback was surprising, the one over the Clippers was absolutely mind-blowing. That Clippers team with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George was the favorite to win the whole thing and losing the series after up 3-1 shows just how resilient this Nuggets team can be. The guys who got them there were Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Over his last 11 games played, Murray is averaging 28.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists while Jokic is averaging 26 points, 15.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last five fixtures. Both of these guys are just kids too, making this team scary for a long time to come. The Lakers haven't played basketball since last Saturday, ending their series with the Houston Rockets in just five games. What's scary is how dominant LeBron James looked. Despite being in the league for nearly two decades now, the superstar is still averaging 29.1 points, 10 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last eight games played. That would carry any team to this point but you can't forget about Anthony Davis and his typical 30 points and 12 boards. That's why they put this team together and they're now the unquestioned favorite in these playoffs with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers both headed home. These teams played four times in the regular season, with Los Angeles winning three of four. The last two were extremely close though, being decided by five points or fewer.