Nuggets-Lakers series: Playoff schedule and how to watch

DENVER (KDVR) — The Lakers should be shaking in their sneakers ahead of the first round of the NBA playoffs when they face the Denver Nuggets: The Mile High City’s team has played the Los Angeles team three times this season and won every time.

That’s not looking to last season, either. In their previous seven-game playoff matchup, the teams only made it to game 4 because the Nuggets swept the series. This could be considered a new trend for Denver, as the Nuggets previously faced the Lakers seven times in the playoffs and lost every time.

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On Tuesday night, LeBron James and the Lakers beat out the New Orleans Pelicans to find themselves facing defending champion Denver in the first round in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.

Game 1 is Saturday night.

How are the Nuggets performing this year?

Nikola Jokic is scoring 26.4 points per game with 12.4 rebounds and 9 assists for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 16.7 points and 7 rebounds. Jamal Murry averaged 21.2 points per game.

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The Nuggets ended the regular season 57-25, averaging 114.9 points, 44.4 rebounds, 29.5 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.6 blocks per game, while shooting 49.6% from the field.

How and where to watch the Western Conference finals

The Nuggets’ games are scheduled for:

  • Game 1: Saturday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Ball Arena

  • Game 2: Monday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at Ball Arena

  • Game 3: Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. at Arena

  • Game 4: Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Arena

  • Game 5: Monday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at Ball Arena

  • Game 6: Thursday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at Arena

  • Game 7: Saturday, May 4 at noon at Ball Arena

The games will be broadcast in alternating spots on ABC and TNT. ABC will also provide the game through streaming services including DirectTV Stream, Hulu+ Live TV, fuboTV and YouTube TV.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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