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OPEN THREAD: WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS - Game 1

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Originally Posted: May 19, 2009 2:59 PM PDT

Aaaaaaaand here we go. After almost getting nixed from their postseason run by the Houston Rockets, the #1 seeded Lakers, on the back of Pau Gasol, fulfilled their destiny in order to face off against the scrappy Nuggets tonight.

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" 'Scuse me Melo' Have YOU seen my three rings?..."

While initially it might be easy to bill this series as David versus Goliath, the question still looms in my mind, "Have the Lakers really shaken their inconsistency from the Rockets series?"

If not, this series really can go either way. Despite the Lakers' dominance over Denver in recent years, the Nuggets have shown that they are a forced to be reckoned with. I would be surprised to see this series end in less than 6 games.

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Western Conference Finals - Game 1

 

Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers

Series Tied 0-0

TV: ESPN

Tip Off: 6:00pm PDT

 

Interesting tidbits:

  • Hasn't been that long since these teams have seen each other in the postseason. Last year the Lakers swept the Nuggets in the first round.
  • The Nuggets have never been to an NBA Finals.
  • Including last years' first round matchup, the Nuggets have gone 1-10 against Los Angeles in the last 2 years.
  • Vegas line currently favors Los Angeles by 6.5 points for tonight.
  • Hash predicts - Denver steals this one. You heard it here first.