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.
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.
The Lakers not only came hot out of the blocks in the series opener but ended up schooling a Denver side whose worst fears were realised on the day. Well aware of the daunting challenge which awaited them, Denver have now been given a clearer idea of the remarkable fight and character they’ll do to put on show if they are to down this Lakers contingent.
However, if there’s any club this season which can put the brakes on a Lakers side which is marauding its way towards the league finals, its Denver. Their foregone 4-3 wins in the last two series were laden to the brim with resillinace and guile, showings which hold them in good stead come game two.
While they’ll make this a way closer affair than the previous scrimmage between the two, we don’t envision Denver doing enough to win the clash. Defence will be a peril for them, a plight which will see the Lakers ease through to a two game lead.
Probable Playing 5
Los Angeles Lakers
James, Davis, Green, Alex, Kentavious
Grant, Paul, Jokic, Jamal, Gary
NBA Conference Finals 2019-20
Match: Lakers Vs Denver Game 2
Date And Time: 21st September, Monday: 6:30am
Venue: Advent Health Arena, Orlando
Los Angeles Lakers
- Davis: Thirty Seven Points
- Jokic: Twenty One Points
Best Ball Stealer
Los Angeles Lakers
- Davis: Ten Rebounds
- Porter: Ten Rebounds
Lakers Vs Denver: 12
LAL Vs DEN Picks
They were sweating over Rajon Rondo’s fitness prior to game one and luckily the point guard was able to pull through in time for the fixture. And he showed why the club were waiting with unabated breath on him getting a clean bill of health with him pulling off 7 points and 9 dimes on the day for his side.
Alex Caruso will partner him up akin to the foregone encounter. Despite getting limited minutes on the court with Rondo returning, Caruso has managed to do more than enough in his shooting arounds owing to his ball handling abilities.
After blowing hot and cold all throughout the season, Danny Green looks to have finally settled into his groove. He ended up with a neat contribution of 8 points and 5 rebounds in the series opener to see him represent us from the Lakers.
Gary Harris had an off day the last time around but that hardly dissuaded us from opting for him. He has been in solid touch ever since returning from an injury with his ability to backtrack and deliver the offhanded shots serving Denver well.
LeBron James wasn’t quite at his efficient best the last time around but nonetheless he still emerged with a solid performance. His double-double of 15 points and twelve rebounds was crucial in his side dominating Denver on the day.
Where the stalwarts are touted to determine which course this series takes, Michal Porter Jr is sparing no expense to make himself be counted. His performances exude the confidence of a name whose been doing this for years with him pulling off a sensational double-double in the series opening scrimmage.
His ability to make his presence felt inside the paint will see Markieff Morris once again be snared by us. He had nine points in the paint the last time around, a performance which sees him retain his spot in our setup.
After ravishing displays in the semi-finals, the twenty one points Nikola Jokic ended up with in game 1 came across as a watered down showing. However, its more down to his calibre with him capable of controlling the play in all ambits to see him be our centre for the fixture.
The double-double he snared in game one sees James be our star player while Jokic is the pro player.
Dream 11 Team
Caruso, Rondo, Green, Harris, James, Michael, Morris, Jokic
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