The Denver Nuggets are attempting to qualify for the NBA Finals for the primary time of their 46 years as an NBA franchise. Denver opens up the Western Convention finals on Tuesday evening in opposition to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, recent off eliminating defending champions Golden State from the postseason.
Whereas James is the sequence’ largest star, Denver’s Nikola Jokic may be much more impactful on his workforce’s success. The 2-time MVP seems prepared for the event, as he turned as much as shootaround on Monday sporting a recent buzz haircut.
Jokic coming off a dominant sequence in opposition to Phoenix
Joker led top-seeded Denver to a six-game sequence win over the star-studded Suns within the second spherical. He averaged a triple-double in opposition to Phoenix, with 34.5 factors, 13.2 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per recreation — together with a 53-point outing in a Sport 4 loss.
Jokic has 5 30-plus level video games within the playoffs and 5 triple-doubles. He can be a handful for LeBron, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers as a complete as they try to succeed in the NBA Finals for the second time in 4 years.
Who’s favored to win Sport 1?
Caesars Sportsbook in Las Vegas has the Nuggets as 5.5-point favorites to win Sport 1 at Ball Enviornment in Denver.
These two groups break up the season sequence 2-2 and are assembly within the convention finals for the fourth time. The Lakers have gained every of the previous three sequence over the Nuggets at this stage, and have gained all seven playoff sequence they’ve performed in opposition to Denver since 1979.
Nonetheless, DraftKings Sportsbook has the Nuggets (-155) as slight favorites to win this sequence over seventh-seeded Los Angeles (+130). If the Nuggets pull it off and advance, they are going to nearly actually have the large man Jokic to thank.