After an epic comeback against Utah in round 1, the Nuggets had a real letdown spot in game 1 of the Conference Semis and were blown out by the Clippers.
I can see something similar happening here, which is why I’ll take the Lakers -7 points.
The Lakers match up quite well with this Denver side, who doesn’t appear to have anyone who can guard LeBron James.
In terms of defenders who can contain Jokic, there may not be a better fit in the entire NBA than Anthony Davis.
Davis has the speed and length to give Jokic some trouble and shouldn’t have any difficulty scoring on him on the other end.
Denver showed great resiliency to fight back against the Clippers, but let’s remember they were down 3-1 and double digits in almost each game to begin with.
That alone suggests that this is a flawed team and I think the comeback was more so due to a capitulation by the Clippers.
The Lakers have looked locked in since the playoffs started and I don’t see them making the same mental mistakes.
I’d like to be wrong here, but I’m expecting a Lakers win to open what should be a relatively uncompetitive Western Conference Finals.