NBA Western Final
LA LAkers- Denver Nuggets
Yes … it’s the finals time and the western conference has a great match up .
The Lakers advanced after an erratic, baffling semifinal series against the Houston Rockets. After being pushed to Game 7, the Lakers responded with an 89-70 win on Sunday, getting a brilliant performance on both ends of the court by Pau Gasol, who had 21 points and 18 rebounds.
The Nuggets have been chilling since Wednesday night, when they eliminated the Dallas Mavericks and advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1985.
The Nuggets have gone 1-10 against L.A. the last two seasons, including a four-game sweep in the first round of last year’s playoffs, when Denver became the first 50-win team in league history to get swept in the first round. Karl hasn’t won at Staples Center since taking over as Denver’s coach midway through the 2004-05 season.
Lakers needed seven games to dispose Rockets but they had it in control. I would not count on tiredness factor as last four games were blow outs and game on Sunday was early. Phil Jackson has been talking for some time about this series. They know it is more dangerous opponent than the Rockets. I expect them to make a statement already in game one. Besides, this is only one step away from the finals so no time for lame play. Kobe should have more space than against Rockets. Lakers proved they can win with defense and I expect Melo not to have easy time. Nuggets are 2-10 in last meeting against the Lakers. Billups makes the difference but in both meetings in LA this season Lakers covered (104-90, 116-102).
Overall, the home court will be the decisive fact in this match up , so today’s free sportsbetting tip is :