The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
The Los Angeles Lakers clinched their first trip to the Western Conference Finals in 10 years last Saturday. On Tuesday, the Denver Nuggets completed one of the most shocking comebacks in a playoff series by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Nuggets were down 3-1 against the Clippers, who were supposed to be the biggest threat to the Los Angeles Lakers and take over the city of LA. Prior to that, the Nuggets were also down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz, completing the comeback there as well.
The Nuggets join the 1985 Kansas City Royals as the only professional American sports team to overcome back-to-back 3-1 deficits.
They are a great cinderella story and some would even say that they are the team of destiny. However, as great of a story as it is, it is time for the story to come to an end.
The Los Angeles Lakers are now the concrete favorites to win the NBA Championship and will get past the Nuggets, probably with ease. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this series will go no longer than five games, just like the Lakers’ previous two playoff series.
This is not just blind confidence, though. This is a fantastic matchup for the Los Angeles Lakers — perhaps their easiest in the NBA Playoffs thus far.
Here are the three primary reasons why the Lakers will handle the Denver Nuggets in five games or fewer.