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Nuggets prepare for their Round 1 showdown by ignoring their prior sweeps of the Lakers.

For the Nuggets, it’s all about the future rather than the past.

As the 2023–24 NBA regular season draws to a close, the Denver Nuggets’ official title defense campaign gets underway. The Nuggets, the second-seeded team in the Western Conference, would take on the victor of the play-in match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers would win, and the Nuggets and LA would square off in a postseason series for the third time in five years.

The Nuggets have been winning against the Lakers lately. The Nuggets would defeat the Lakers in the 2023 Conference Finals on their way to winning their first NBA Championship as a team. Fans of the Lakers continued to suffer after this. The Nuggets not only concluded their 2023 campaign, but they went on to win the regular season series the next year. Actually, the Lakers’ most recent victory over the Nuggets came on December 16, 2022.

The Nuggets have been utilizing their week off to mentally and physically prepare, while the Lakers had to play themselves into their playoff spot. The coaches bought takeout from a nearby Denver pizza and watched the Nuggets-Lakers game from their offices, but the players were invited to watch it at Nikola Jokic’s house.

It was a blast. It’s always a good time when we can all get together,” said Peyton Watson via The Denver Post’s Bennett Durando. “And it’s always an honor when the two-time MVP, soon to be three, invites you over to his house to indulge in a basketball game. So definitely went over there, drank a little Rakija. Got acquainted. A little ritual right before the playoffs. Kind of just letting loose and having a good night with my guys (to) bond a little bit before we get into these serious playoffs.

On Wednesday the Nuggets hosted their first practice ahead of their Round 1 matchup. Following practice, players and coaches were asked questions, many of which all involved the Nuggets’ eight-game win streak against the Lakers.

As I told our players today, it doesn’t matter if we’ve beaten them eight times in a row, as everyone keeps saying, head coach Michael Malone told reporters. “We know what lies ahead of us; this is a different team and a different series.” It will be extremely difficult to defeat the Lakers in the postseason.

The Nuggets are well aware that they are riding high going into the 2024 playoffs. As the reigning champs, there will definitely be a lot of pressure. They are concentrated on the game at hand and have put the win streak over the Lakers in the rearview mirror. Jokic and the Nuggets are excited for the game, regardless of the expectations.

Jokic remarked, “I think they match up with us really good and we match up with them really good.” “.. On defense, they have a few different options. We can put some other men on their big players on offense. Thus, in terms of basketball, I believe it will be quite intriguing. From a strategic standpoint, I believe it will be quite engaging. The Nuggets and Lakers will play their first game on Saturday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. MST at Ball Arena.

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