The NBA Conference Finals continue on Thursday night as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets continue their series. The Lakers and the Nuggets will meet in Game 4 of the series on September 24. These two teams have met in an exciting series so far, which should lead to a great game on Thursday. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Los Angeles finished out the regular season with a record of 52-19, which put them in the top spot of the Western Conference. The Lakers met up with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Los Angeles eliminated both teams in five games to reach the Conference Finals. Now the Lakers will look to push Denver to the brink with a win on Thursday night.
The Nuggets earned a record of 46-27 in the regular season, which had them in third place of the Western Conference. Denver faced the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers in the first two rounds. The Nuggets knocked off both teams in seven games after erasing 3-1 series deficits. Denver finds themselves down again in this series but can tie it up in Game 4.
These two teams have met in solid series so far, which should lead to another good game on Thursday night. The Lakers have a solid 2-1 series lead on the Nuggets, but Denver has a good chance to tie the series back up. The Nuggets are coming off a nice win in Game 3, but I believe that Los Angeles will come out strong in Game 4 to kill Denver’s momentum.
Game 1 of this series was back on September 18. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic both dropped 21 points for the Nuggets, but it was not enough. Anthony Davis scored 37 points and 10 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, while LeBron James finished with 15 points and 12 assists. The Lakers rode these performances to a 1-0 series lead with a 126-114 win.
The second game of the series was back on September 20. Nikola Jokic scored 30 points and 9 assists, while Jamal Murray dropped 25 points. The Nuggets still fell up short though. Anthony Davis finished with 31 points and 9 rebounds. LeBron James scored 26 points and 11 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green both scored 11 points as the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead with a 105-103 win.
Game 3 of the series was on September 22. LeBron James scored 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Lakers. Anthony Davis dropped 27 points, but it was not enough. Jamal Murray scored 28 points and 12 assists, while Jerami Grant finished with 26 points. Nikola Jokic added another 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Nuggets trimmed the series deficit to 2-1 with a 114-106 win.
The Lakers were able to win the first two games of this series, but it was the Nuggets who bounced back in Game 3. Denver has kept this series close and I expect them to make another push in Game 4. Los Angeles is coming off a tough loss though and will look to come out just as strong. Look for both teams to push the pace early in Game 4.
Field Goal Shooting
Los Angeles has been strong throughout the playoffs when it comes to shooting from the field. The Lakers have made 49.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is top in the playoffs. Los Angeles has also made 35.5 percent of their shots from deep. The Lakers have made 49.8 percent of their shots and 34.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc in this series.
The Nuggets have been solid in the playoffs as well when it comes to shooting. Denver has made around 47.2 percent of their shots from the field in the postseason. The Nuggets have also been able to make 38.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Denver has also made 50.4 percent of their shots from the field, while also making 35.4 percent of their shots from deep in this playoff series.
These two teams have been shooting really well from the field in this series, while taking a bit of a dip when shooting from behind the arc. Denver’s been the better shooting team in this series, which is a bit of a surprise since they are down in the series. I expect the Lakers to try and control the paint in Game 4 to get the edge when shooting from the field.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James have continued to lead the Lakers in the playoffs. Davis has averaged 28.5 points and 10 rebounds per game throughout this series. James is averaging 26 points, 9 assists and 10 rebounds per game. Kyle Kuzma has averaged 11 points per game off the bench. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging another 10 points per game.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic are both having great playoff runs for the Nuggets. Murray is averaging 26.5 points per game throughout the playoffs. Jokic is averaging another 25 points and 10 rebounds per game. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 11.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Jerami Grant is averaging 11 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their top two players throughout this postseason. This series has been no different. The Lakers will look for Davis and James to dominate after losing in Game 3. Murray and Jokic have continued to step up in big games and I expect them to continue that as they are looking to earn a spot in the NBA Finals.
The Conference Finals are getting more and more tight as the series gets deeper. The Nuggets were able to win a big matchup in Game 3 of this series and I think they will keep Game 4 within striking range as well. Denver has been solid from the field in this series and I think Jokic and Murray can keep up with James and Davis as this series goes along.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -6 against the money line for Game 4. This gives a slight edge to the Lakers coming into Game 4. Denver was able to bounce back in a huge Game 3 win, but now Los Angeles will look to bounce back. The Nuggets have kept this series tight and I think they will prove that again in Game 4. I believe Denver can tie up this series on Thursday night, making Denver have a lot of value in this one.