LAL vs DEN Dream11 Prediction: Denver Nuggets grow in stature after scripting an incredible and sparkling recovery against the Clippers.
While no one knows how the impending conference finals will unfold for Denver Nuggets, its safe to say that the club has gone down in the golden pages of NBA. Its down to the incredible will, valour and resolve the club put on display against LA Clippers to emerge as winners from their conference semi-finals.
Obliterated across the first four showdowns to stare at a 3-1 deficit, Denver Nuggets looked to have run their race in the series. Although the club had managed to peddle out a remarkable recovery from a similar situation against Utah Jazz in the playoffs, few envisaged the club emulating the same infront of a staunch Clippers setup.
However, the best get going when everything is stacked up against them and Denver did exactly that. In on one of the most subliminal shows of strength, character and fight, the club rekindled its ambitions in NBA 2019-20 by winning three games on the spin to down the Clippers 4-3.
That showing not only saw them reserve a place for themselves in the league’s folklore but also take on Los Angles Lakers on level footing today. Denver are in as much of a chance of progressing from the Western Conference finals as the Lakers are when the series gets underway this Friday.
Despite Denver’s remarkable resurgence though, the club will struggle to match the Lakers today. Where they are made of tiring legs, the Lakers are relatively well rested after wiping the floor with the Rockets in a 4-1 triumph.
Probable Playing 5
Los Angeles Lakers
James, Davis, Green, Alex, Kentavious.
Grant, Paul, Jokic, Jamal, Gary.
Los Angeles Lakers – James: 29 Points.
Best Ball Stealer – Jamal: 40 Points.
Best Ball Stealer
Los Angeles Lakers – James: 11 Rebounds.
Best Ball Stealer – Nikola: 22 Points.
LAL vs DEN Dream11 Prediction
Up against the Clippers in game 7, Jamal Murray decided to take the onus of guiding his side to the impending finals on himself. He top scored for the side on the day with a staggering 40 points, a showing which makes him a must have pick for us today.
Ever since recovering from his injury, Rajon Rondo has fit into the Lakers’ starting rotations like the last piece in the club’s puzzle. His consistency and dependability has taken the load off Davies and James with Rondo working the floor with his baskets.
Alex Caruso has been held back with Rondo coming back but he could get close to 30 minutes today. With Rondo currently struggling with a back problem, the Lakers could turn to Caruso to manage his workload and pull off his pinch perfect open treys and dimes.
Gary Harris’ recovery couldn’t have come at a better time for Denver. Not only has he sent down triples from the cusp of the circle but has more importantly kept himself involved in the attacking rebounds as well to convert the side’s second chance points.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) September 18, 2020
Talen Horton-Tucker’s involvement on the day is dicey but we have decided to move in with him. Its down to Rondo’s slight injury issue and the 9 minutes he registered across the last two encounters for the club.
LeBron James just can’t do anything wrong for the Lakers at the moment. He was a major reason for his side’s consummate success against the Rockets with his 29-11 double-double in game 5 seeing the side cruise its way through to a 4-1 win.
Markieff Morris might not always convert with a high efficiency but the Lakers haven’t been fazed by his conversion rate. His knowhow of the game has seen him get over 20 minutes always, ones he made full use of the last time around to drop 16 points in the paint.
Regarded as the best big man in the league, Nikola Jovic has taken over Denver’s destiny. The centre was at the fulcrum of his side’s resounding win over the Clippers with him becoming the first player since 2004 to deliver a triple-double comprising of over 20 rebounds.
James’ ability to run the play and pull off both triples and dimes sees him be our star player while Nikola is the pro player.
Murray, Alex, Rondo, Harris, Talen, James, Morris, Jokic.
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