The Los Angeles Lakers are a very good defensive team. A big part of that is they do a good job of forcing their opponent to go to their second and third option on offense thus encouraging their opponent attempt low percentage shots. Against the Nuggets L.A. will attempt to pack the paint and close off the driving lanes to the basket. As a result the Nuggets will be able to get open looks from the perimeter, but they are low percentage shots. In the following Roundball Mining Company Denver Nuggets Film Room segment you can see the Lakers’ philosophy of remove the first option and close off the lane in action.
With their decisive victory over the tanking Portland Trail Blazers the San Antonio Spurs have locked in the top seed in the Western Conference for the second straight year. With it they have may have solidified the Denver Nuggets’ hold on the sixth seed.