NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Finals Preview

Ross Houston
September 18, 2020

Anthony Davis was dealing with flu-like symptoms, but still came through with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lakers to the victory.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are about to take on the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, and fans are excited to see the matchup play out. It would have been the most eagerly awaited series at Disney World, turning Lake Buena Vista into LA-ke Buena Vista.

It's not just that the Nuggets upset the Clippers in the last round but rather the manner in which they did it that was awe-inspiring; coming from behind to win three straight games and winning convincingly no less - with an average 11.33 winning margin across the last three games of the series. "Our focus isn't on the Clippers or the 'Battle of L.A.' It's more so what can we do to finish our season strong".

"Obviously, I think the Lakers are probably the most-rested team in the bubble", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

The Nuggets also went seven games against Utah in the first round. I was trying to get as many log in minutes for myself personally, scouting both teams at the same time because we knew Game 7 would decide who we'd play.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, and Anthony Davis are in position to win an National Basketball Association title together. Curiously, in both previous series, the Lakers dropped game 1 before reeling off four consecutive wins. "They've given us a lot of breakdowns on their personnel, their team, to put us in the best situation to win". "We still have a ceiling that we feel like we can get better".

Now, Los Angeles Clippers were the latest victim to succumb to the plucky Nuggets. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray have been two of the best players in the bubble, so the Lakers aren't going to overlook the No. 3 seeds. We just need to go out there and - I will say: effort and having fun. The 23-year-old point guard leads the Nuggets with a 27.1 PPG in the postseason and he has been insanely accurate from the three-point range, dropping buckets from beyond the arc at 49.1% efficiency. Bookmakers corner game 1 of the Western Conference finals with the top seed Lakers, doing so quite substantially.

"I don't have a comment about it really", James said when asked about not playing Kawhi Leonard & Co. with a trip to the Finals on the line. He said he hurt the thumb at some point during the series against Houston when he tried to block a shot and it banged against the rim.

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