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DENVER (55 - 36) vs. LA LAKERS (63 - 22)
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Saturday, 9/26/2020 9:00 PM
Western Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 5 - Lake Buena Vi
Board OpenLatest
712LA LAKERS-6-5.5
DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-36+1.443-4146-43110.554.847.3%51.5109.255.346.5%50.5
Road Games30-28+3.628-2631-25110.154.447.0%50.2111.456.747.2%50.4
Last 5 Games2-3+1.33-13-2108.656.250.3%48.4108.059.846.8%45.0
Playoff Games9-9+8.411-68-8107.454.147.4%48.2109.357.747.3%47.9
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.554.841-8847.3%11-3136.4%16-2178.3%511026218134
vs opponents surrendering111.656.141-8945.8%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.154.441-8747.0%12-3237.2%16-2179.9%501025218144
Stats Against (All Games)109.255.340-8646.5%12-3436.1%17-2376.3%501025217134
vs opponents averaging112.556.741-8846.2%12-3436.0%18-2477.4%531024217145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.456.740-8547.2%13-3337.5%18-2477.1%501025218134

LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games63-22-7.743-3940-44113.559.148.2%53.9107.554.744.9%50.7
Road Games40-14+12.226-2627-26112.958.848.1%53.2108.856.545.6%50.6
Last 5 Games4-1+1.82-23-2114.061.049.9%48.6107.055.647.5%45.8
Playoff Games11-3+2.47-57-6113.761.349.5%52.5106.554.945.2%46.8
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.559.142-8848.2%11-3235.0%18-2573.1%541125219156
vs opponents surrendering112.256.541-8946.0%12-3436.0%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.958.842-8748.1%11-3234.9%18-2572.0%531025229156
Stats Against (All Games)107.554.739-8644.9%12-3335.2%18-2378.3%51923228154
vs opponents averaging112.456.441-8946.1%12-3536.0%18-2378.1%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.856.539-8545.6%12-3436.5%19-2478.1%51923238154
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.4,  LA LAKERS 96.5
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/3/2020*LA CLIPPERS97-120L9L223U35-8342.2%471548-8457.1%4914
9/5/2020*LA CLIPPERS110-101W8.5W224U41-9145.1%501236-8840.9%6517
9/7/2020*LA CLIPPERS107-113L8.5W220P44-9446.8%431241-7554.7%4917
9/9/2020*LA CLIPPERS85-96L8L221.5U27-6839.7%461433-7941.8%539
9/11/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-105W9W216P39-8148.1%521137-8842.0%479
9/13/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-98W9W214U40-7454.1%491432-7841.0%4213
9/15/2020*LA CLIPPERS104-89W7.5W207.5U38-7749.4%582034-9037.8%4210
9/18/2020*LA LAKERS114-126L8L210O41-8349.4%481644-8353.0%4811
9/20/2020*LA LAKERS103-105L5.5W209U35-7447.3%441937-8344.6%5023
9/22/2020*LA LAKERS114-106W5.5W215O40-7354.8%531843-8351.8%3416
9/24/2020*LA LAKERS108-114L6T213.5O39-7750.6%391138-8047.5%519
9/26/2020*LA LAKERS              

LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 37-45, finished 10th in Western Conference.
COACH: Frank Vogel (first season with Lakers; ninth season overall, 304-291).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (9.2 ppg), G Danny Green (10.3 with Toronto), F LeBron James (27.4), F Anthony Davis (25.9 with New Orleans), C JaVale McGee (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: F Brandon Ingram, G Lonzo Ball, G Josh Hart, G Lance Stephenson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Davis, Green, C Dwight Howard, G Avery Bradley, F Jared Dudley, G Quinn Cook.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The evolving chemistry between James and Davis will be at the forefront, but the Lakers' success in creating an immediate title contender could hinge on the supporting cast. Green must keep the outside shooting proficiency he demonstrated last season for Toronto, while Kyle Kuzma must find a role on a reconfigured roster. The Lakers' biggest early-season subplot of all might be around Howard, whose return to LA after six seasons away could be greeted by boos or cheers.
OUTLOOK: An aspiring super team takes shape around James and Davis, who joined forces to do a whole lot more than end the Lakers' franchise-record playoff drought at six years. LA expects to be a title contender with two of the NBA's best players anchoring a lineup featuring perimeter shooting from Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, fast-break proficiency from Alex Caruso and Kuzma, and sturdy defense from Bradley, Rondo and McGee. Vogel's ability to fold this talent into a cohesive unit over the next few months will determine whether the Lakers can do something special in the spring.

Because of this information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

Nuggets meet Lakers with season on brink yet again

For the third consecutive series in the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets are down 3-1 and they will try to keep their season alive when they face the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday near Orlando.

The Lakers put the Nuggets on the brink of elimination in a 114-108 victory on Thursday. Anthony Davis scored 34 points, while LeBron James had 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who can advance to their first NBA finals in 10 years.

The last time the Lakers reached the title game, Kobe Bryant led them to the championship with a Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics in 2010.

Against the Nuggets, Davis said the Lakers' ability to execute on both ends of the floor was the difference.

"We played great down the stretch; we played great overall," Davis said. "There's still some things we've got to fix if we want to put this thing away."

Davis played through an ankle injury in the second half. He believes treatment will allow him to be ready for Saturday.

"I'm good enough to play," Davis said. "I rolled it pretty bad but not too bad. I'll be fine."

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 13 points and Dwight Howard, who started for the first time in this postseason, contributed 12 points and 11 boards, six of those on the offensive end for Los Angeles. Rajon Rondo also delivered a solid outing with 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds, including one late that extended a Lakers' possession.

Jamal Murray had 32 points and eight assists for the Nuggets, who rallied from 3-1 deficits in their previous series wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz. Murray converted 12 of 20 shots from the floor and hit several acrobatic shots to keep the Nuggets close.

Jerami Grant added 17 points, Nikola Jokic, who was limited by foul trouble, collected 16 points and seven rebounds and Michael Porter Jr. had 13 points and eight boards. Monte Morris chipped in 12 points.

The Nuggets rallied from double-digit deficits throughout the contest but failed to convert offensively when it mattered most. Morris' floater with 3:28 left cut the Lakers' lead to 105-101 before Denver failed to make another field goal.

Second-chance points also were a factor with he Lakers dictating the category 25-6.

"It was a huge number and it was like that the whole night," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "Obviously, Dwight Howard had six (offensive rebounds); nobody touched him at all in the first quarter. He did whatever he wanted."

Said Murray, "We had so many breakdowns throughout the game. We just got to be better. We can't give them that many second-chance points while we're having breakdowns. We just got to be better ourselves to give ourselves a chance despite how bad we played."

The Lakers attempted 35 foul shots, hitting 28 of them, to 20 of 23 for the Nuggets.

"I think late in the game, I thought Jamal Murray attacked the basket a few times where there appeared to be contact," Malone said. "So we'll watch the film and we'll send our clips in and reach out to the NBA and kind of make our points noted."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/27/2020 11:55:21 AM EST

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