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Shaquille O’Neal predicts winner of Lakers-Nuggets Series

On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Lakers will play the Denver Nuggets (in Colorado) for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Lakers were defeated by the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals last season, so they have a chance to quickly redeem themselves from that disappointing loss.

That said, they have lost their last eight games against Denver (dating back to the 2022-2023 regular season).

Even with their recent struggles against the Nuggets, Basketball Hall of Famer (and Lakers legend) Shaquille O’Neal predicted the Lakers will win the first round series.

Via the NBA on TNT: ” @SHAQ makes his picks for Round 1: ▪️ @okcthunder ▪️ @Lakers ▪️ @dallasmavs ▪️ @Timberwolves”

The Lakers finished the regular season as the eighth seed in the Western Conference with a 47-35 record.

They defeated Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans (110-106) in the play-in tournament game to secure the seventh seed.

Although the Lakers had an up-and-down season, they have the talent to win the NBA championship (and upset Denver).

All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are still playing at an elite level, and they also have D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura.

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February 15, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6)

Meanwhile, the Nuggets are coming off a season in which they won the 2023 NBA Championship over Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat.

They had another incredible season finishing as the second seed in the Western Conference with a 57-25 record.

Game 2 of the series is Monday night (also in Denver).