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Welcome to the official Adrian Wojpati review of what we believe to be the two stand out rosters in this new look NBA from each conference in the Charlotte Hornets and the Denver Nuggets. Starting off with the Hornets, Lebron James will be looking to go back to back with different teams for the first time in his career but instead of Anthony Davis his 2nd best player D'angelo Russell. This roster has a good mix as Marcus Smart will make up for D'lo's poor defensive ability and allow him to guard the weaker offensive guard. James Johnson will be that guy who'll always have Lebron's back and should be able to hit a clutch corner 3. Tristan Thompson already has experience playing with LBJ but you'd think a 5 who could stretch the floor would be a better choice.  The Hornets have a strong bench with players like Beasley, Dragic, Toppin and Hood who can all provide buckets off the bench which will prove incredibly useful in the long run and provides good depth in case of injuries. 

Now turning my attention to the Nuggets and the Nugget's starting 5 is better than that of the Charlotte Hornets. Giannis is surrounded by exactly what he needs players who can create their own shot and knock down 3 point jumpers and spread the floor. John Wall's 3 point jumper isn't the strongest but its good enough to draw coverage and he and Giannis can co exist in a paint anyways. Lopez and THJ is just there to knock down the jumpers and Dipo can lock down the other teams best guard or wing with Giannis taking any good bigs. The bench is weaker than the Hornets but is still strong with Conley and Gordon who create their own shot, Iggy who we all know what he's capable of and PJ Tucker who'll play good defence and knock down corner 3's. 

That's end for the official Wojpati review overall I've gotta give the edge to the Nuggets because a better starting 5 beats a better bench. 

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Denver Nuggets getting it together early

Bolstering one of the more impressive rosters in the entire league, the Denver Nuggets have kick-started the 2020/21 season in solid form holding a record of 11-5 after 16 games and sitting third in the Western Conference. The Nuggets won 8 of their first 10 games of the season and after that have come back down to earth with a 3-3 record in their last 6. The Nuggets are led by early MVP favourite Giannis Antetokounmpo who is continuing his red hot form at the moment, averaging 23 points 14 rebounds along with 6 assists while shooting an 63% from the field and 39% from 3, an improvement for the 2x MVP. John Wall and Victor Oladipo have also been adding to the early successes of the team, averaging 16 and 15 points respectively

The one area of weakness for this Denver Nuggets team has been the 3pt Shooting. Coach Michael Malone has gone on record stating that the team simply needs to take more 3pt shoots and made reference to potential moves to acquire more 3pt shooting, particularly off of the bench. Tim Hardaway Jr who started the year woefully shooting the 3 ball was moved for Bojan Bogdanovic who has immediately made his presence felt in the starting lineup averaging around 14 points per game since joining the team. There is no doubt the Nuggets will be in the conversation for taking the number one seed but the question with a Giannis led team heading into the finals will always be asked. Michael Malone made reference to it after the Nuggets' 103-59 blowout of the Cleveland Cavaliers stating,

"This is a team built to compliment Giannis. His teams in Milwaukee pale in comparison to what we've got going on here and I think all these questions about his legitimacy with being a big time player will be answered when we reach the playoffs"

Record: 11-5 (.690)

Home Record: 8-3

Road Record: 3-2

Streak: W1

PPG: 100.2

FG%: .497

3P%: 323

REBS: 43.5

ASTS: 23.6 

 

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Winners of eight straight, Hornets move into East's top 4 with 22-12 record

With the new roster moves, pressure to turn around the slow start came for Mark Jackson, LeBron James, D'Angelo Russell and company. Responding to the adversity with a 14-4 record over the last 18, the Hornets have vaulted themselves 10 games over .500 and now sit at 4th in the Eastern Conference behind the Philadelphia 76ers (1), Chicago Bulls (2), and Detroit Pistons (3) with 25 games left in their season. The additions of Issac, Hart, and Powell have solidified Charlotte as a lockdown defensive team, which Mark Jackson has bought all-in to. Unfortunately this has led to some stagnant offensive play, which Jackson addressed by saying that they're deep enough that he feels on every given night, somebody will be able to get it going. And so far, who are we to doubt Jackson?

The Hornets are winners of their last 8 games, defeating the Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Grizzlies, 1st place in the East 76ers, Mavericks, and Raptors. It seems the team is finally gelling together and hitting on all cylinders and as we move into the thick of the season, there couldn't be a better time for everyone to be clicking. Buzz City is truly buzzing with the distinct possibility of a championship looming in their future if the Hornets continue to improve as they have all season.

Record: 22-12 (.500)
Home Record: 12-6
Away Record: 10-6
Streak: W8
PPG: 97.7
FG%: .456
3P%: .334
REBS: 42.0
ASTS: 25.5

Leading Scorer: LeBron James (22.4)
Leading Rebounder: Tristan Thompson (8.0)
Leading Assists: LeBron James (7.7)
Leading Steals: Marcus Smart (1.6)
Leading Blocks: Jonathan Issac (1.9)
Leading Turnovers: Jonathan Issac (2.3)
BEST 3PT SHOOTER (This should tell you how down bad we are from deep): ARON BAYNES - 42.7% (Bron is 2nd)

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The Nuggets surge to the top of the West with 23-11 record

With just 24 games left in the regular season, the Denver Nuggets have staked their claim as the true powerhouse of the Western Conference, climbing to the top of the standings and boasting a solid 23-11 record and firing on all cylinders as the back end of the regular season approaches. The Bucks have looked awesome against other top tier teams across the league, including a 18 point victory over LeBron James and the Charlotte Hornets, with Giannis Antetokounmpo taking home the MOTM honours with a dominant 30 points and 16 rebounds. While finding their consistency will continue to be the goal heading into the playoffs, Coach Michael Malone is pleased with how the season is progressing and has challenged his team to take it to that extra level as the Playoff's approach

Three Point Shooting and Bench Scoring was something that plagued the Nuggets in the early portion of the season, and in an attempt to find a solution to those problems, The Nuggets sent Eric Gordon, Stanley Johnson and some picks to the Detroit Pistons for Evan Fournier and some future draft picks. Fournier started his NBA career in Denver and was happy to arrive back to the organisation that gave him a start in the league. Evan provides excellent shooting from the perimeter scoring at 44% while also coming off seasons where he has averaged 18.5 and 15.1 points respectively. Fournier could be that influx of offence the bench unit needs heading into the playoffs, and with the task of carrying the second unit, Fournier seems up to the challenge. The Nuggets also acquired Free Agent Trevor Ariza who adds further defence to an already stacked defensive outfit. All seems well in Denver, but the question is can they keep it up?

Record: 23-11

Home Record: 13-5

Road Record: 10-6

Streak: L1

PPG: 96.2

FG%: .481

3P%: .320

Reb: 43.4

Assists: 23.3

Leading Scorers

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.5, 13.8, 6.1)

2. John Wall (15.7, 2.5, 6.0)

3. Victor Oladipo (13.6, 2.6, 3.1)

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Not surprised to see LeBron and Giannis leading their team in PPG, APG, but not surprised Tristan is grabbing majority of the board, he's usually in the top rebounder of his team. Also surprised to see Julius is a win higher than Slim, figured the teams would be even. Then again, the 2.3 TPG from Issac does help make the team suffer a bit. Good work so far guys. 

 

 

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Giannis, Wall, and Oladipo is a deadly trio. There all amazing defenders and I feel like that team would probably be the best defensive team in the league. The only thing I can really see as a problem for the Nuggets is three point shooting but with the Fournier pick up it should help them out. Was surprised to see that the Hornets started off the season with a 8-8 record at one point. However, it's good to see them bouncing back with a 8 game win streak, defeating the first seed proves that they are legit. With LeBron on the team you need some solid shooters on the team which I do think they have with Smart who's become a better shooter over the years and D'Angelo Russell who is capable of hitting them aswell. From just an overview I can tell that both teams are good on defense like I said with the Nuggets they have Oladipo, Wall, and Giannis. The Hornets have Smart, Isaac, and LeBron. 

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LeBron James

The MVP race as always has been incredible and about half way through the season three candidates have emerged as the favourites for the prize. LeBron James for the Charlotte Hornets has been getting it done on both ends of the floor averaging 22.6 points 7.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists (League Leader) along with a steal and a block. Just like with any LeBron team, he is by far the most valuable piece and without him the Charlotte Hornets would be fighting for a chance just to play in the Playoffs. The Charlotte Hornets are sitting nicely at 22-12, gifting them the Fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. If the Hornets continue to surge up the rankings and LeBron continues his scintilating form, he could be in line to pick up his 5th Regular Season MVP Award

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The back-to-back MVP is in the conversation once again, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 23-11 record and the number one seed in the Western Conference. Giannis leads the league in rebounding, amassing nearly 14 a game to go along with his 22.5 pts and 6.1 assists. His work on the defensive end of the floor also puts him in contention to be the Defensive Player of the Year, with the Nuggets possessing the best defensive rating in the league thus far, led by their defensive spearhead Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis will always be in the conversation to be the MVP, his freakish skill allows him to score at will and his length makes him a menace on the defensive end

Kyrie Irving

In what could be described as a shock, Kyrie Irving could well possibly be the MVP front-runner through 34 games. Irving, playing on the Philadelphia 76ers is averaging 28 points (League Leader) and 7.3 assists (3rd) while also helping Philly achieve the number one seed with a whopping 27-7 record. Kyrie Irving has always been criticised for not having what it took to be a number one option on the team, but his form with Philadelphia at the moment is surely proving his critics wrong. If the Sixers continue to be one of the best teams in the league, this trophy is Kyrie Irving's to lose, his form is second to none and the rewards could be just around the corner 

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The East

1. Philadelphia 76ers (27-7)

2. Chicago Bulls (23-10)

3. Detroit Pistons (21-8)

4. Charlotte Hornets (22-12)

5. Orlando Magic (18-14)

6. Indiana Pacers (17-13)

7. Milwaukee Bucks (15-14)

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (15-15)

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The West

1. Denver Nuggets (23-11)

2. Los Angeles Clippers (18-7)

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (20-11)

4. San Antonio Spurs (17-14)

5. Los Angeles Lakers (16-13)

6. Phoenix Suns (15-14)

7. Dallas Mavericks (14-14)

8. Golden State Warriors (15-17)

 

PPG Leaders

1. Kyrie Irving (28.0)

2. Luka Doncic (27.6)

3. James Harden (27.5)

4. Jayson Tatum (26.6)

5. Anthony Davis (24.6)

 

Assists Leaders

1. LeBron James (8.0)

2. Luka Doncic (7.4)

3. Kyrie Irving (7.3)

4. Ja Morant (7.2)

5. Damian Lillard (7.0)

 

Rebound Leaders

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (13.8)

2. Bam Adebayo (11.3)

3. Hassan Whiteside (11.3)

4. Rudy Gobert (11.0)

5. Andre Drummond (10.7)

 

Block Leaders 

1. Joel Embiid (2.6)

2. Jonathan Isaac (1.9)

3. Hassan Whiteside (1.8)

4. Anthony Davis (1.7)

5. Onyeka Okongwu (1.6)

 

 

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Hornets finish the season disappointingly, dropping six in a row to finish 33-25:

"Unbelievable. F*cking disgraceful, honestly" - LeBron James following a 98-112 loss to the Pacers, the Hornets sixth straight to end the season. Mark Jackson said LeBron was right in his assessment and that the team needed to regroup heavily before they entered postseason play shockingly in uncharted water as a 5th seed, no home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Something just wasn't clicking with the Hornets who looked prime to finish in the top 3 with a 33-19 record going into the last six games. The Hornets must now play the Magic in the first round as the 5 seed, splitting their regular-season game series with the Magic this year. As for end of the year awards, LeBron James was unable to secure the MVP crown in part to the Hornets bad finish to the season, however The King did make the All-NBA First Team. Despite this terrible finish, Mark Jackson is emploring his team to move forward and look ahead to what will be a tough path to the championship. However, D'Angelo Russell is confident, sending out a message to all the other teams...

"LeBron owns the East"

Record: 33-25 (.569)
Home Record: 19-10
Away Record: 14-15
Streak: L6
PPG: 98.6
FG%: .452
3P%: .336
REBS: 43.1
ASTS: 26.4

Leading Scorers: LeBron James (22.1), D'Angelo Russell (19.4), Goran Dragic (10.9)
Leading Rebounders: Tristan Thompson (9.1), LeBron James (7.3), Jonathan Issac (6.2)
Leading Assists: LeBron James (8.4), D'Angelo Russell (5.4), Goran Dragic (3.8)
Leading Steals: Marcus Smart (1.4), D'Angelo Russell (1.2), Jonathan Issac (1.2)
Leading Blocks: Jonathan Issac (1.9), LeBron James (0.8), Bol Bol (0.8)
Leading Turnovers: Jonathan Issac (2.2), D'Angelo Russell (2.1), Marcus Smart (2.0)
Leading FG%: LeBron James (53%), D'Angelo Russell (48%), Tristan Thompson (47%)
Leading 3PT%: LeBron James (41%), D'Angelo Russell (36%), Aron Baynes (35%)

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Nuggets clinch number one seed, surge into Playoffs full of momentum

Part of the quest for an NBA Championship has been completed. The Denver Nuggest end the season winning their last 7 games and finish with a 37-21 record, making them the first seed in the Western Conference. Things are clicking at the right time for Michael Malone's men as they gear up for a championship push heading into the post-season. Giannis Antetokounmpo cleaned up his second Defensive Player of the Year Award, while also finishing in the All-NBA First Team as well as the All-NBA Defensive Team. John Wall also continued to improve as the season went on, finishing with 17.0 pts per game along with 7 assists and 2 steals, while Bogdanovic and Fournier fitted in seamlessly, shooting the ball exceptionally well

Up first in the Playoffs for the Denver Nuggets are the 8th Seeded Portland Trailblazers, whose record is not an accurate representation of where they are as a team. Ben Simmons and Pascal Siakam are the teams star players, with Terrence Ross, Jarrett Allen and Montrezl Harrell making them a force to be reckoned with. Montrezl Harrell off the bench is averaging 19.7 pts per game and probably should have won the 6th man of the year award while Simmons and Siakam are putting up solid numbers. The Nuggets should be confident with their form at the moment, but overlooking this talented Portland outfit could lead to their demise 

 

Record: 37-21

Home Record: 21-8

Road Record: 16-13

Streak: W7

PPG: 98.9

FG%: .477

3P%: .316

Reb: 43.0

Assists: 24.5

Leading Scorers

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.5, 14.2, 5.8)

2. John Wall (17.0, 2.4, 6.8)

3. Victor Oladipo (13.5, 2.6, 3.4)

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Philadelphia 76ers' #11 Kyrie Irving

Leading the 76ers to a league-best 45-13, Kyrie Irving formed a devastating offensive trio with Zach LaVine and Danilo Gallinari as the 76ers torched everyone with their unstoppable offensive attack. Reaping the rewards is this none other than Kyrie Irving, which is no slight in itself as the guard picks up his first MVP award on averages of 27.7/4.0/7.2/1.3 on splits of 49/40/93. The 76ers head into the NBA playoffs as a favorite to come out of the East, but face a tough first round matchup in Kevin Durant and the Cavaliers.

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The East

1. Philadelphia 76ers (45-13)

2. Chicago Bulls (39-19)

3. Detroit Pistons (37-21)

4. Orlando Magic (34-24)

5. Charlotte Hornets (33-25)

6. Indiana Pacers (32-26)

7. Milwaukee Bucks (32-26)

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-27)

9. Boston Celtics (30-28)

10. New York Knicks (30-28)

11. Toronto Raptors (28-30)

12. Washington Wizards (23-35)

13. Atlanta Hawks (21-37)

14. Miami Heat (20-38)

15. Brooklyn Nets (20-38)

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The West

1. Denver Nuggets (37-21)

2. Los Angeles Clippers (34-24)

3. Phoenix Suns (33-25)

4. Golden State Warriors (33-25)

5. Los Angeles Lakers (32-26)

6. Oklahoma City Thunder (31-27)

7. Dallas Mavericks (31-27)

8. Portland Trail Blazers (30-28)

9. San Antonio Spurs (29-29)

10. Houston Rockets (26-32)

11. Utah Jazz (23-35)

12. New Orleans Pelicans (21-37)

13. Sacramento Kings (19-39)

14. Memphis Grizzlies (19-39)

15. Minnesota Timberwolves (17-41)

(Julius has a mickey mouse conference LOL)

 

PPG Leaders

1. Jayson Tatum (29.5) - Knicks

2. James Harden (28.9) - Bulls

3. Kyrie Irving (27.7) - 76ers

4. Anthony Davis (26.7) - Mavs

5. Klay Thompson (25.3) - Hawks

 

Assists Leaders

1. LeBron James (8.4) - Hornets

2. Ben Simmons (7.8) - Trail Blazers

3. Ja Morant (7.4) - Rockets

4. Kyrie Irving (7.2) - 76ers

5. Trae Young (7.1) - Kings

 

Rebound Leaders

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (14.2) - Nuggets

2. Hassan Whiteside (11.8)

3. Rudy Gobert (11.6)

4. Bam Adebayo (11.5)

5. Andre Drummond (10.9)

 

Block Leaders 

1. Joel Embiid (2.5) - Pistons

2. Jonathan Isaac (1.9) - Hornets

3. Brook Lopez (1.8) - Nuggets

4. Hassan Whiteside (1.7) - Grizzlies

5. Onyeka Okongwu (1.7) - Kings

 

FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUPS

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (8) Cleveland Cavaliers
(4) Orlando Magic vs. (5) Charlotte Hornets
(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Indiana Pacers
(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks

(1) Denver Nuggets vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers
(4) Golden State Warriors vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers
(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder
(2) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

Conference Quarterfinals are Best of 3
Conference Semifinals are Best of 5

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Hornets survive the Magic 2-1 in Conference Quarterfinals behind insane LeBron performance

Despite a fourth quarter surge, the Charlotte Hornets would find themselves in a 0-1 hole following Game 1 of the first round after a putback from Enes Kanter handed Charlotte a 118-120 loss on the Magic's homefloor, spoiling LeBron's 44/14/6 performance. Lou Williams and Damian Lillard combined for 42 points and 11 assists (Lou Will 9/10 from field), and having taken the lead in the best of 3 series, the pressure now resided on Buzz City to pull off two consecutive wins to starve off elimination in the first round. Game two was just that as the Magic and Hornets traded blows to begin the game as going to half, the score was 55-50 to the Hornets. However, the second half was all Buzz City as they out-scored the Magic 66-40 behind LeBron James' whopping 50 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists, a man who was hellbent on avoiding elimination. D'Angelo Russell added 25, Marcus Smart caught fire from 3 to score 24 points, and the Hornets evened the series with a 121-90 win on their home-floor to send the series to a Game 3 in Orlando.

Game 3 may go down as the performance that etches D'Angelo Russell's name in Hornets history as he put up 32 points on 11-17 shooting (6-8 3PT) along with 11 assists (to 1 turnover) to help propel the Hornets to a 108-104 win. LeBron James continued his insane playoff performance by posting 32, 17, and 11 in what continues to be an absurd run for The King. Damian Lillard struggled in the pivotal Game 3, notching just 23 points and 8 assists on 9-22 shooting. The Magic have been eliminated while the Hornets will move on to what should be a much harder challenge in the first seeded Philadelphia 76ers, who handled Kevin Durant's Cavaliers with relative ease.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1) Philadelphia 76ers over (8) Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0
(5) Charlotte Hornets over (4) Orlando Magic 2-1
(6) Indiana Pacers over (3) Detroit Pistons 2-1
(2) Chicago Bulls over (7) Milwaukee Bucks 2-1

Eastern Conference Semifinals
(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) Charlotte Hornets
(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (6) Indiana Pacers

"LeBron owns the East"

Record: 2-1 (.667)
Home Record: 1-0
Away Record: 1-1
Streak: W2
PPG: 115.7
FG%: .530
3P%: .413
REBS: 50.3
ASTS: 29.7

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There's a reason Lebron James is called King James and is still considered the best player in the NBA it's because when it comes down to it in the playoffs he takes care of business. Honestly despite the Hornets sitting with the 5th best record in the west because they have a man called Lebron James I've got them going to the finals in my playoff bracket. It was clear in the regular season Lebron just needed some help and he got it in this first round, D'angelo Russell proved himself as the 2nd star on this team while the rest of the team stepped it up and shot 41% from 3. If the Hornets can play how they did in Games 2 and 3 for the rest of the Playoffs then they just might be able to call themselves champions in a few weeks time. 

Eastern Conference Semifinals
(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) Charlotte Hornets - In 5
(2) Chicago Bulls vs. (6) Indiana Pacers - In 4

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Nuggets' first round victory soured by Injury to Antetokounmpo

The Denver Nuggets walked into the Playoffs with the number one seed in the Western Conference and heavy favourites over the 8th seed Portland Trailblazers, and it looked like it would be smooth sailing after going up big in game one against the Blazers until tragedy struck. Antetokounmpo, landed awkwardly going for a rebound, clutching at his elbow in pain as he was walked to the locker room. He would not return but the Nuggets would still reign supreme winning 111-74 on the back of 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic. Giannis was set to play in game 2, but only managed to survive just 5 minutes before ruling himself out of the contest, giving Portland some help and picking up the victory 102-91 with Pascal Siakam leading the team with 24 points. It would come down to a sudden death scenario, where Denver would be with a severely hurt Antetokounmpo going against a confident Blazer's squad. Game 3 was a hard fought, low scoring game but the Nuggets were able to tough it out, winning the game 73-82 and moving on to the Conference Semi-Finals

Although he played game 3, Giannis is still considered questionable for the Nugget's next game against the 4th seeded Golden State Warriors, and although The Warriors squad pale in comparison to that of the Nuggets, the possible loss of Antetkounmpo evens this series right up. The Golden State Warriors, led by Karl-Anthony Towns eased by the L.A. Lakers winning 2-0 and are extremely confident going up against the Nuggets squad

 

Western Conference Quarterfinals
(1) Denver Nuggets over (8) Portland Trailblazers 2-1
(4) Golden State Warriors over (5) Los Angeles Lakers 2-0
(3) Phoenix Suns over (6) Oklahoma City Thunder 2-0
(7) Dallas Mavericks over (2) Los Angeles Clippers 2-0

Western Conference Semifinals
(1) Denver Nuggets vs. (4) Golden State Warriors
(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

Record: 2-1 
Home Record: 2-0
Away Record: 0-1
Streak: W1
PPG: 94.7
FG%: .441
3P%: .371
REBS: 47.7
ASTS: 19.0

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