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LeBron James Leads the Lakers Past the Pelicans to Secure Playoffs Spot

The Lakers Will Now Face a Revenge Series Against the Defending Champions, the Denver Nuggets

It’s Playoffs Time

It wasn’t easy but the Los Angeles Lakers were able to survive against the New Orleans Pelicans in the play-in tournament. The team has now earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and will be facing the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA playoffs.


LeBron James Leads the Lakers Past the Pelicans to Secure Playoffs Spot
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers/Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFP

With the Golden State Warriors getting knocked out, it’s great NBA news that the Lakers are in the playoffs. The Pelicans almost pulled off the upset after closing an 18-point Laker lead. Zion Williamson went off but got hurt and couldn’t finish the game, which NBA rumors have said is a hamstring injury. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both had lackluster games but the Lakers were still able to win.

While the Lakers should be happy to be in the playoffs, they now have a very tough test in front of them.

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Nuggets Have Owned the Lakers

Last season, the Lakers got swept by the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles then lost every game they played against Denver this season. Nikola Jokic is the likely NBA MVP and he owns the Lakers.

There were some who were suggesting that the Lakers should tank against the Pelicans so that they could avoid Denver in round one but Los Angeles didn’t take the bait. And they shouldn’t have. The Lakers will never be fresher during the playoff run than they are now.

There’s no benefit to going on a deep playoff run just to lose to the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals again. This is likely the best chance the Lakers have to beat them. Now, the Nuggets will be the overwhelming favorite.

They won the championship last year and have followed that up with another very strong season. Jokic and Jamal Murray are a great tandem and the team has good depth. That said, the Lakers can’t be totally counted out.

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Anthony Davis and LeBron James are arguably the NBA’s best duo and they didn’t play well against the Pelicans. Despite that, the Lakers still won. If Los Angeles’ role players can play well while LeBron and Davis play up to their normal level, the Lakers are a very hard team to beat. Plus, the Nuggets have talked a lot of trash and the Lakers are very motivated to beat them. At the very least, it should be a competitive series.

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