There are athletes born for big events, men whose performance grows exponentially the more pressure they have and the more important what they face is. So much Los angeles lakers how Denver nuggets They have these types of players and they have shown they have everything it takes to raise their level and triumph in the NBA 2020 playoffs. They fight for the Western Conference title and to get into an NBA final as atypical as desired by both franchises. Angelenos start with the obligation to win and, therefore, with favoritism. Their face-to-face is made up of four matches this season, but throughout history they have been measured 179 times, with a clear winning balance for the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers, 1st Western Conference. They come from winning 4-1 to Portland Trail Blazers and 4-1 to Houston Rockets
Action Reaction. They started by losing both heats, but the way they managed things has been worthy of a champion. They have it all to succeed and the unexpected element for many of Rajon rondo It has given them the necessary packaging in the static offensive game and the intensity and intangibles necessary in defense. Lebron James’ performance is being stellar, with a winning voracity attitude that scares rivals and infects teammates. From the perimeter, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma They have improved a lot, while Anthony Davis may be the key player in the tie. A greater involvement of the pivots is expected, with Javale McGee and Dwight Howard bringing energy and experience under the boards.
The LA team starts as a favorite in a tie that has several keys that can determine the final result and we explain below
Denver Nuggets, 3rd Western Conference. They come from winning 4-3 to Utah Jazz and 4-3 to Los Angeles Clippers
Michael Malone has done an exquisite job in gearing a team less and less dependent on its two stars: Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Everyone’s defensive generosity has only increased since more balls are awarded in attack to players like Michael Porter Jr, Torrey Craig, Monté Morris or Gary Harris. They have confidence from all four sides after two consecutive feats in the form of epic comebacks, and more involvement of the inside game is expected in this tie, with Jerami Grant and Paul Millsap as important players who complement the Serbian and the Canadian.
Keys to the tie and head to head
Many might think that Coloradans have already done more than they could dream of and that physical and mental exhaustion could appear. For that to happen, it would be necessary for the Lakers to impose their law from the beginning and show themselves as an imposing team. The defense that Rondo and Caruso can exercise on Jamal Murray It will be decisive, as well as the way in which pick & roll and pick & pop with Jokic are stopped. Vogel has a dilemma about whether to give McGee and Howard minutes again, set apart against the Rockets, or continue to rely on Davis at the starting 5 position. The difficulty of those from Colorado will be find a Lebron stopper; Gary Harris seems the chosen one, but they will need the involvement of the entire squad.
Of the four times they have met this season, three of them ended in triumph for the Angelenos. The last one took place in the Orlando bubble, in a really even meeting in which Kuzma was the element that unbalanced the balance, taking advantage of the spaces left by the Nuggets in the defense of Davis and Lebron. They tried to collapse the area and a total player like Kyle raised his level. It will be something to keep an eye out for in this tie.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets qualifying schedule
Game 1: Saturday, September 19 at 03:00
Game 2: Monday, September 21 at 01:30
Match 3: Wednesday, September 23 at 03:00
Game 4: Friday, September 25 at 03:00
Match 5: Sunday 27 at 03:00 (if necessary)
Game 6: Tuesday, September 29 (if necessary)
Game 7: Thursday, October 1 (if necessary)