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LA LAKERS (62 - 21) vs. DENVER (54 - 35)
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Tuesday, 9/22/2020 9:00 PM
Western Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 3 - Lake Buena Vi
Board OpenLatest
707LA LAKERS-6.5-6.5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games62-21-6.543-3838-44113.659.148.2%54.2107.454.644.7%50.8
Road Games39-13+13.426-2525-26113.058.948.0%53.6108.756.445.4%50.7
Last 5 Games5-0+54-12-3114.462.050.7%53.8103.053.044.6%40.6
Playoff Games10-2+3.67-45-6114.362.149.5%54.2105.754.244.1%46.9
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.659.142-8848.2%11-3235.1%18-2473.1%541126219156
vs opponents surrendering112.356.541-8945.9%12-3536.0%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)113.058.942-8748.0%11-3235.1%18-2571.9%541025219156
Stats Against (All Games)107.454.639-8644.7%12-3435.1%18-2378.1%51923228154
vs opponents averaging112.556.441-8946.0%13-3536.0%18-2378.0%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.756.439-8645.4%12-3436.4%18-2477.9%51923238154

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games54-35+0.642-4144-43110.554.747.2%51.6109.255.346.4%50.6
Road Games29-27+2.927-2629-25110.154.246.9%50.4111.556.747.2%50.7
Last 5 Games3-2+74-11-3108.650.849.6%50.2104.661.043.6%45.8
Playoff Games8-8+7.610-66-8107.053.446.8%48.4109.257.947.0%48.6
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.554.741-8847.2%11-3136.4%16-2178.2%521126218135
vs opponents surrendering111.756.141-8945.8%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.154.241-8746.9%12-3237.2%16-2079.8%501025218144
Stats Against (All Games)109.255.340-8646.4%12-3436.2%17-2376.3%511025217134
vs opponents averaging112.556.641-8846.2%12-3536.1%18-2477.5%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.556.740-8647.2%13-3437.8%18-2377.3%511025217134
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96.4,  DENVER 96.3
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/3/2020*LA CLIPPERS97-120L9L223U35-8342.2%471548-8457.1%4914
9/5/2020*LA CLIPPERS110-101W8.5W224U41-9145.1%501236-8840.9%6517
9/7/2020*LA CLIPPERS107-113L8.5W220P44-9446.8%431241-7554.7%4917
9/9/2020*LA CLIPPERS85-96L8L221.5U27-6839.7%461433-7941.8%539
9/11/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-105W9W216P39-8148.1%521137-8842.0%479
9/13/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-98W9W214U40-7454.1%491432-7841.0%4213
9/15/2020*LA CLIPPERS104-89W7.5W207.5U38-7749.4%582034-9037.8%4210
9/18/2020*LA LAKERS114-126L8L210O41-8349.4%481644-8353.0%4811
9/20/2020*LA LAKERS103-105L5.5W209U35-7447.3%441937-8344.6%5023
9/22/2020*LA LAKERS              
9/24/2020*LA LAKERS              
9/26/2020*LA LAKERS              
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 37-45, finished 10th in Western Conference.
COACH: Frank Vogel (first season with Lakers; ninth season overall, 304-291).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (9.2 ppg), G Danny Green (10.3 with Toronto), F LeBron James (27.4), F Anthony Davis (25.9 with New Orleans), C JaVale McGee (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: F Brandon Ingram, G Lonzo Ball, G Josh Hart, G Lance Stephenson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Davis, Green, C Dwight Howard, G Avery Bradley, F Jared Dudley, G Quinn Cook.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The evolving chemistry between James and Davis will be at the forefront, but the Lakers' success in creating an immediate title contender could hinge on the supporting cast. Green must keep the outside shooting proficiency he demonstrated last season for Toronto, while Kyle Kuzma must find a role on a reconfigured roster. The Lakers' biggest early-season subplot of all might be around Howard, whose return to LA after six seasons away could be greeted by boos or cheers.
OUTLOOK: An aspiring super team takes shape around James and Davis, who joined forces to do a whole lot more than end the Lakers' franchise-record playoff drought at six years. LA expects to be a title contender with two of the NBA's best players anchoring a lineup featuring perimeter shooting from Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, fast-break proficiency from Alex Caruso and Kuzma, and sturdy defense from Bradley, Rondo and McGee. Vogel's ability to fold this talent into a cohesive unit over the next few months will determine whether the Lakers can do something special in the spring.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
Nuggets, down 0-2 to Lakers, rally around rebound mentality

The Denver Nuggets prepare for the Los Angeles Lakers facing a 2-0 deficit in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night at AdventHealth Arena near Orlando.

A series deficit is par for the Nuggets' course this postseason.

The Nuggets have been the king of comebacks in their two earlier series this postseason, rallying from 3-1 deficits to advance at the expense of Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers in the first two rounds.

"We're a group of guys that hate to lose," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

The Nuggets lost 126-114 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven and came within seconds of a get-even win in Game 2, falling 105-103 when Anthony Davis buried a contested 3-pointer just before the final horn.

The back-to-back wins give the top-seeded Lakers a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since 2012, when they still needed seven games to discard Denver in the first round.

The Lakers haven't lost a best-of-seven in which they led 2-0 since the 1969 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.

The last time Denver moved on after falling behind 2-0 was in 1994 in the memorable best-of-five, first-round matchup with Seattle. The Nuggets were the No. 8 seed and the SuperSonics were No. 1.

Malone left the court Sunday night believing another comeback remained a possibility.

"Some guys like to win, some guys hate to lose," he said. "One thing I know about our group: Even though we are disappointed, frustrated, angry, we'll use that motivation to come out and try to take Game 3."

The Nuggets' biggest improvements from Game 1 to Game 2 came on the defensive end, where they limited the Lakers to 44.6 percent shooting overall and 36.1 percent on 3-pointers after getting scorched for 53.0 percent overall and 44.6 percent on threes in the opener.

Denver forced 24 turnovers in the rematch after just 12 in Game 1.

An area of concern remains the defensive boards. The Lakers corralled 13 offensive rebounds in Game 2, including one by guard Danny Green in the final seconds to make Davis' dramatic hoop possible.

Davis has been the series' Most Valuable Player through two games, averaging 34.0 points. He is 23-for-44 from the field and 19-for-22 from the free throw line.

Superstar teammate LeBron James wished just one thing had been different about Davis' game-winner in Game 2.

"I wish we were playing at Staples (Center)," he said of the Lakers' home floor. "It probably would have blew the roof off. I would have loved to have that moment."

The Nuggets' best counter to Davis has come from Nikola Jokic at 25.5 points per game in the series. He's gone 17-for-34 from the field and 16-for-19 from the line.

Denver was able to flip the Lakers' Game 1 advantage in free throws, getting 14 more opportunities than the Lakers (33-19) in Game 2 after shooting nine fewer in the opener (37-28).

Jamal Murray, who finished with 25 points in Game 2, doubled his trips to the foul line in the rematch, going 7-for-8 after a 4-for-4 opener.

Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/20/2020 10:34:30 PM EST

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