There are a few things to cover before I get to perhaps the first link dump I have ever done.
A lot of people seem to think Denver will win this series in six games because that is what you say when you think it will be a competitive series, but will not go seven games. I do not believe Denver will win in six games because I do not see Chris Paul losing game six at home.
Some people are dismissing the Hornets because they believe a single player cannot carry a team to the championship. That is true, but one great player can carry a team past the first round.
Also, one area I did not get to delve into in my series of pre series posts was how the Hornets will defend Carmelo Anthony. Melo will be covered by Peja Stojakovic, James Posey and Rasual Butler. Peja will play Melo based on how he is hurting him. He will begin by laying off of Anthony in an attempt to entice him to settle for the jumper. If and when Melo hits a couple of jumpers then Peja will crowd him. Look for Carmelo to drive and go to the post. When Melo posts up the Hornets will double him. During the season they came with the second defender on the catch, but it is certainly possible they will try to mix it up and bring help when he puts the ball on the floor.
Melo will need to keep from settling for the jumper and when he is doubled his teammates must move without the ball and give him options.
The Nuggets seem to have a big advantage although with the long layoffs between games the Hornets will ride their starters as long as possible. Even so the Nuggets must dominate whoever Byron Scott decides to rely on amongst Posey, Hilton Armstrong, Shawn Marks, Antonio Daniels, Julian Wright and Morris Peterson.
In case you missed it in my podcast or chat with Hornets 24/7 my prediction is Nuggets in seven.
On to the link dump.
Dave McMenamin of NBA.com – The pressure is on the Nuggets to win.
Various Insightful Previews
New Nuggets blog Nuggets Nuggetz – The Balkman vs Bowen matchup
At the Hive – Amazing graphs!
Chris Tomasson – Melo says Nuggets in seven.