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DENVER (54 - 34) vs. LA LAKERS (61 - 21)
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Sunday, 9/20/2020 7:30 PM
Western Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 2 - Lake Buena Vi
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706LA LAKERS-7.5-7.5
DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games54-34+1.641-4144-42110.654.847.2%51.7109.255.346.4%50.6
Road Games29-26+3.926-2629-24110.254.346.9%50.5111.656.747.2%50.7
Last 5 Games3-2+73-21-3105.048.848.3%50.6102.858.643.1%46.4
Playoff Games8-7+8.69-66-7107.353.746.7%48.7109.557.747.2%48.5
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.654.842-8847.2%11-3136.4%16-2178.3%521126218135
vs opponents surrendering111.756.141-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.254.341-8846.9%12-3237.2%16-2079.9%511125218144
Stats Against (All Games)109.255.340-8646.4%12-3436.2%17-2376.2%511025217134
vs opponents averaging112.456.641-8846.2%12-3536.1%18-2477.5%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.656.740-8647.2%13-3437.8%18-2377.0%511025207134

LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games61-21-7.543-3738-43113.759.148.2%54.2107.454.744.7%50.9
Road Games38-13+12.426-2425-25113.258.948.1%53.7108.856.545.4%50.9
Last 5 Games5-0+55-03-2116.863.453.2%53.6104.253.244.2%40.4
Playoff Games9-2+2.67-35-5115.262.349.9%54.5106.054.643.8%47.2
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.759.142-8848.2%11-3235.1%18-2572.9%541126219156
vs opponents surrendering112.456.541-8945.9%12-3536.0%18-2377.3%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)113.258.942-8748.1%11-3235.1%18-2571.6%541025219156
Stats Against (All Games)107.454.739-8744.7%12-3435.1%18-2378.2%51923228154
vs opponents averaging112.556.541-8946.0%13-3536.0%18-2378.0%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.856.539-8645.4%12-3436.5%18-2377.9%51923238154
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.2,  LA LAKERS 96.4
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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 LAKERS114-126L8L210O41-8349.4%481644-8353.0%4811
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.

LeBron, Lakers out to make statement against Nuggets

The bigger story wasn't how the Los Angeles Lakers manhandled the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Friday near Orlando. The displeasure of LeBron James over the MVP voting and the distance between his second-place vote tally and that of winner Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks took center stage after the game.

"It pissed me off," said James, who had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in the Lakers' 126-114 win over the Nuggets. "That's my true answer. It pissed me off because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes. That's what pissed me off more than anything."

The Nuggets had better hope James doesn't take his anger out on them when he and his Lakers resume their bid for a championship in Game 2 on Sunday. In the opener, Denver held James to 15 points, but Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers used a second-quarter surge to take control and roll past the Nuggets.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points for Los Angeles and Dwight Howard played a more significant role, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two blocks and two steals. Denver center Nikola Jokic also was harassed by Howard for much of the 16 minutes the veteran center played off the bench.

Jokic had 21 points and six rebounds but managed just two assists. Jokic, who was limited by foul trouble, averaged 24.4 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists in the Nuggets' seven-game series win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the West semifinals.

"He came in and played huge minutes for us and helped us get the win," Davis said of Howard.

Jamal Murray also scored 21 points for the Nuggets but he, too, experienced foul trouble in the first half. In the second half, he and the Nuggets were overwhelmed by the Lakers' third-quarter burst, outscored 33 to 20.

"Obviously, it's the first game, so we're not going to overreact. But we just have to be better," said Murray, who scored 15 of his points in the first half.

Denver coach Michael Malone wasn't pleased with the foul discrepancy in the first half. Los Angeles attempted 32 free throws, making 22, to 13 of 16 for Denver.

"I'll have to go back and watch the film but I know that they only shot 42 percent in that (second) quarter but they went to the foul line 24 times in one quarter, which is an extremely high number," Malone said. "We were called for 16 personal fouls in that quarter."

The Nuggets led 38-36 after one quarter as Jokic scored all 11 of his first-half points. However, a 17-1 run by the Lakers allowed them to take a double-digit lead. Los Angeles took a 70-59 edge at the break and increased the margin to as much as 27 in the second half.

"We knew the first quarter definitely wasn't Laker basketball, Laker defense," James said. "We had some breakdowns. It took a quarter for us to figure it out."

Los Angeles also got another lift off the bench from Rajon Rondo, who recorded nine assists to go along with seven points.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/20/2020 8:32:08 AM EST

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