5 Increasingly promising reasons to believe Lakers can dethrone Nuggets

Everyone is counting LA out against Denver, but there is a growing list of reasons they can shock the world.
Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis
Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis / Justin Tafoya/GettyImages
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4. A healthy Anthony Davis

There is zero question that no matter what happens in this series, Denver has the best player heading in to the matchup. Nikola Jokic is the unquestioned best player on the planet, and he will have the crown until someone else takes it from him.

But with that being said, the Lakers have who many would consider the second-best player in the series. Anthony Davis has been on an absolute tear for LA this season, playing the most games in a season of his career, and putting up some of the most dominant numbers for a big man in the association.

He has been the unquestioned best player on the Lakers' roster, and bringing him into this series at the height of his powers is the best case scenario for LA. We know that Jokic has historically had his way with AD, but Davis has scarcely been this healthy while playing at this high a level at any point in his career.

Put simply, Anthony Davis playing his A+ game is the best chance the Lakers have of winning this series. There are virtually no scenarios where they move on to face either the Timberwolves or Suns with a subpar performance from their best player, and right now he is in excellent position to bring big contributions.