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Nuggets: Injury report, draft prospects, depth chart, stats and more ahead of Game 1 vs Lakers

Despite not performing as well as last season, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to secure a spot in the Play-In Series. Thanks to a 4-point win against the Pelicans. Now, however, one of the top-performing franchises of the season stands between their championship chances: the Denver Nuggets. Even though they boast an 8-2 record against their rivals, the Nuggets will leave nothing to chance during this crucial phase and will look to make the most of their attacking lineup.

A few hours ago, NBA reporter Harrison Wind took to his official X account to share an update to the Nuggets’ recently released Injury Report. According to the report, no player from the squad, with the exception of Slovenian player Vlatko Čančar, has been mentioned in the report so far. This means the full lineup would be on hand to host the 2020 NBA champions at Ball Arena in Colorado.

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There were doubts about the availability of star player and top scorer Nikola Jokic. During his 79 appearances this season, he managed to average 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9 assists. However, in recent days, the Joker has been on the injury report due to an inflammation of the left hip. A similar situation was faced by point guard Jamal Murray, who had inflammation in his right knee. Since the duo are the only Nuggets players to average 20+ points per game to date, their presence for the playoffs was a must.

Other Nuggets players who were on the injury report last week but have now been cleared include Michael Porter, Aaron Gordon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Jackson and Zeke Nnaji.

While the situation for the 2 The ranked Western Conference team appears to be all dandy, the same cannot be said for their rivals. According to the Lakers Injury Report, top scorers LeBron James and Anthony Davis are back on the list. Considering that their status is marked as ‘probably’However, there is a good chance that the golden duo would be present during the Nuggets clash. Christian Wood, Jarred Vanderbilt and Cam Reddish have all been declared out of the main lineup. Wood and Reddish have combined for just 12.3 points. Therefore, it would not be difficult for the other attacking players to replace the players.

What would the starting lineup and depth chart look like for the Nuggets-Lakers clash?

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It is often rare to have a fully healthy roster in place during the late stages of the NBA season. On the other hand, it’s the playoffs, the series where one small mistake or mishap can mean the difference between advancement and elimination. By riding to a 57-25 record, the Nuggets have already created an assumption of what could be accomplished with their entire main lineup behind them. Following the update to the recently released injury report, the starting lineup is expected to look something like this:

POSITION BEGINNER 2 3
PG Jamal Murray Reggie Jackson Christian Braun
S.G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Christian Braun Justin Holiday
SF Michael Porter Jr. Justin Holiday Julian Strother
P.F Aaron Gordon Peyton Watson Michael Porter Jr.
c Nikola Jokic Zeke Nnaji DeAndre Jordan

The Lakers are in a more precarious position, but are still better off than some of their previous moments during the regular season. Their starting lineup is expected to look something like this:

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POSITION BEGINNER 2 3
PG D’Angelo Russell Spencer Dinwiddie Gabe Vincent
S.G Austin Reaves Gabe Vincent Max Christie
SF LeBron James (probably) Cam Reddish Taurus Prince
P.F Rui Hachimura Taurus Prince LeBron James (probably)
c Anthony Davis (probably) Jaxson Hayes Rui Hachimura

Despite previous speculation that the Lakers would opt to withdraw from a clash with the Nuggets, they are moving full steam ahead. Do you think LeBron James and co will manage to break their losing streak? Or will Nikola Jokic and his players continue to build their momentum? Let us know in the comments below.