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DENVER (54 - 33) vs. LA LAKERS (60 - 21)
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Friday, 9/18/2020 9:00 PM
Western Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 1 - Lake Buena Vi
Board OpenLatest
734LA LAKERS-6.5-7
DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games54-33+2.641-4043-42110.654.747.2%51.7109.055.146.3%50.7
Road Games29-25+4.926-2528-24110.154.246.8%50.6111.356.447.1%50.7
Last 5 Games3-2+74-10-3103.648.847.7%49.6100.256.043.2%46.6
Playoff Games8-6+9.69-55-7106.853.346.5%48.8108.356.946.8%48.6
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.654.742-8847.2%11-3136.4%16-2178.2%521126218135
vs opponents surrendering111.856.241-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.154.241-8846.8%12-3237.3%16-2079.8%511125218135
Stats Against (All Games)109.055.140-8646.3%12-3436.2%17-2376.2%511025207134
vs opponents averaging112.456.641-8846.1%12-3536.1%18-2477.6%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.356.440-8647.1%13-3437.7%18-2377.1%511025207134

LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games60-21-8.542-3737-43113.559.048.1%54.3107.354.644.6%50.9
Road Games37-13+11.425-2424-25112.958.748.0%53.8108.756.545.3%50.9
Last 5 Games4-1+1.34-12-3111.060.451.0%53.4103.854.043.9%41.4
Playoff Games8-2+1.66-34-5114.161.549.6%55.2105.254.243.2%47.1
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.559.042-8848.1%11-3235.0%18-2472.9%541125219156
vs opponents surrendering112.456.541-8945.9%12-3536.0%18-2377.3%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.958.742-8748.0%11-3235.0%18-2571.5%541025219156
Stats Against (All Games)107.354.639-8744.6%12-3435.2%18-2378.1%51923228154
vs opponents averaging112.556.541-8946.0%13-3536.0%18-2378.0%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.756.539-8645.3%13-3436.5%18-2377.8%51923228154
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.2,  LA LAKERS 96.4
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/10/2020*LA LAKERS121-124L5W224.5O45-7758.4%421444-8154.3%4210
8/12/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-124L4L223.5O43-8749.4%491246-8554.1%467
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 LAKERS              
9/20/2020*LA LAKERS              
9/22/2020*LA LAKERS              
9/24/2020*LA LAKERS              
9/26/2020*LA LAKERS              

LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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.
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 information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

Nuggets ready to give Lakers a battle

After eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers in stunning fashion, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone believes his team is ready for the test that awaits against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals, beginning Friday night near Orlando.

The Nuggets advanced by rallying from a 3-1 series deficit to bounce the Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday behind 40 points from Jamal Murray and a triple-double by Nikola Jokic (16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists).

Malone said the ability of the third-seeded Nuggets to defend against the second-seeded Clippers determined the outcome and allowed them to become the first NBA club to rally from back-to-back series after trailing 3-1. They knocked off the Utah Jazz in the opening round.

Denver held the Clippers without a field goal for more than seven minutes in the fourth quarter. They also held Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scoreless in the final period.

"I thought our defense the last three games was just incredible," said Malone, who celebrated his 49th birthday Tuesday. "We have a special group. We still have a lot of work to do, Western Conference finals. We know we're playing a very talented and well-rested Laker team. But I do know this: our guys are up for that challenge."

Few believed Denver had a realistic chance of upsetting the second-seeded Clippers, one of the favorites to win the NBA title. But the Nuggets rallied from double-digit deficits with solid second-half performances in three consecutive contests to prevail.

Murray said a lack of respect from some media pundits also didn't hurt.

"We shouldn't have been down 3-1 but to come back from 3-1 against the Clippers was a big achievement, so it's just fun to change that narrative," Murray said.

Dominance has been the narrative for the top-seeded Lakers in the playoffs. They reached the conference finals by beating the Houston Rockets in five games. Like they did in the opening round against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers dropped Game 1 before reeling off four straight wins to land in their first conference final in 10 years.

However, Lakers coach Frank Vogel believes the Nuggets will present a tougher task.

"To be honest, they're a terrific basketball team," Vogel said. "They deserve to be in the Western Conference finals and they're a handful with the way that they play, the movement, the passing, the cutting. Obviously, Jamal and (Jokic) have been playing at a super high level, and they're playing with a ton of confidence. So I wasn't surprised."

Anthony Davis and LeBron James also have been playing at a high level. Davis is averaging a team-high 27.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in the postseason. He is shooting 58.6 percent from the floor.

James averages 26.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the playoffs. The Lakers have also gotten timely contributions from Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso. Vogel believes they will all need to play well against Denver.

"Obviously, they're a very resilient group to come back from 3-1 twice in the same year, and we're going to have to play great to beat them," Vogel said.

The Nuggets are playing in their first conference final in 11 years. They lost to the Lakers in six games in 2009.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/31/2020 12:52:33 PM EST

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