Description: LAL Vs DEN Team Overview, Match Centre And Probable Playing 5: Lakers live up to the faith reposed in them to take a crucial series opening lead. Watch Live
Despite Denver Nuggets’ sensational show of pluck and grit in the conference semi-finals to triumph over the Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers still made an advent into the series as outright favourites. They had a clear edge over Denver when it came to quality and that showed in game one of the conference finals between the two.
Denver’s opening predicament in the playoffs remained intact. The club for the third time running failed to register a win in its opening game of a series with their fatigue and tiring legs showing in the Western conference showdown.
he NBA Playoffs are in their final stretch, with only four teams remaining. In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets are battling for a spot in the finals. While the Lakers hold a 1-0 lead, the Nuggets have already established themselves as the comeback kings.
The Nuggets roster must be pretty exhausted at this point in the Playoffs. They not only played in two consecutive seven-game series but made astonishing 3-1 comebacks as well. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are playing with a sense of emergency, and it’s been working pretty well for the team.
But the Lakers are on a different level than other teams in the Playoffs. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are playing tremendously in this postseason. The two superstars are averaging a combined 54 ppg so far with impressive plays on the defensive end,
Los Angeles Lakers injury update and predicted lineup
LeBron James tweaked his ankle early in Game 1. However, he played through it, and according to head coach Frank Vogel, he will be available to play in the second game.
Apart from King James, the Lakers have listed guards Dion Waiters and Rajon Rondo as probable for Sunday’s matchup. Moreover, Vogel might start Dwight Howard instead of JaVale McGee in the starting lineup. Howard was spectacular in the Game 1 victory, registering 13 points along with 2 steals and 2 blocks.
So, the predicted lineup for the Lakers is LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Dwight Howard.