After I predicted that the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers’ sequence would final six games (with the Lakers successful), I took into consideration the fact that the Nuggets have been a proficient run and gun basketball crew who led the league in scoring in the course of the common season. However, after watching the first games of the collection it has become obvious that the Nuggets need to do rather more than get out in transition with the intention to beat the Lakers.
Within the first games, Andrew Bynum alone was troublesome for the Nuggets to try and handle. Throw in Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to that blend and the Nuggets could also be in over their head. Within the first two games Bynum has recorded a triple-double with 10 blocks, Bryant has scored 31 and 38 points respectively, and Gasol and Ramon Periods have thrown in enough support to take down each games.
I am not a gambling man – or perhaps I’m in denial – however I know that when at crew is a -17.5 level underdog, as the Nuggets are in Sport 3 of the series, that they are not the sensible bet. One good reason for such a large spread could possibly be the truth that the Nuggets have but to stop Andrew Bynum or Kobe Bryant to this point within the series. Nevertheless, being logical, I can clearly state that the explanation for such a large spread is that the Lakers have been completely dominant.
How do I do know? Initially, I’ve watched both games and there have been instances the place the Nuggets look absolutely misplaced on the court docket against Lakers. Secondly, whereas the Nuggets have been getting out in transition, it hasn’t been as prosperous because it was for the workforce in the course of the common season. And lastly, the Nuggets have never held a lead in this series. That’s appropriate; the Denver Nuggets have not led on a single possession down the court throughout ninety six minutes of basketball within the NBA Playoffs.
I am undecided where that stands in terms of information or collection dominance conversations, however I do understand it makes it awfully onerous for anyone, together with Las Vegas, to have any religion in what the Nuggets try to do. So on Could 4, when the Nuggets tipoff against the Lakers, I’d count on at least some desperation play from Denver. Whether or not or not it benefits them, is unclear, however I do know that they are in sink or swim territory as of Recreation 3. They may either trim the deficit to at least one recreation whereas enjoying at home, or go down three-zero with little chance of revival. I will go ahead and aspect with nature on this one and say that the (gold) Nuggets are going to do what they do finest and sink.
Prediction: Lakers 106 – Nuggets ninety six
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