NBA Playoffs 2024 Game 1 Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers: Preview, predictions, TV and injury report

Saturday, 20 April 2024 at 16:53
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The NBA Playoffs 2024 begin this Saturday, where the Denver Nuggets will be defending last year's title, and will do so tonight in their series debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. The stars of the game will be Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Jamal Murray.
The Lakers will be the visitors looking to pull off an upset and steal home-court advantage over Denver. However, it is worth remembering that the Los Angeles franchise has not won any of its last 8 games against Colorado, including last year's 4-0 sweep in the Western Conference Finals.
The Nuggets, for their part, will be defending the ring they won last season, as mentioned above. It was the first title in their history. Nikola Jokic has already warned that he believes the series against the Lakers will be the toughest series Denver will have to face in the event they reach the NBA Finals again.
Expert predictions (Possible starting fives and result).
The main predictions for Game 1 of the Playoffs between Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers place the home team as the favorite to win. A win for the Lakers would be a big surprise, although considering that LeBron will play in the game, you never know.
In addition, the potential starting fives will be as follows:
  • Nuggets: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic.
  • Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis.
Schedule and TV.
The game will be played at 8:30 PM ET, and will be broadcast on ABC.
Injury report.
  • Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar (knee), ruled out.
  • Lakers: Christian Wood (knee), Cam Reddish (ankle), Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) and Jalon Hood-Schifino (back), ruled out.