May 30, 2023

Draymond Green predicts the winner of Lakers-Nuggets series

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Draymond Green shared his thoughts on the upcoming Western Conference Semifinals between the Lakers and the Nuggets on his podcast. Green, who has been known to offer insightful analysis and predictions, emphasized the importance of stopping Nuggets’ center Nikola Jokic, who was named the NBA MVP for two years in row prior to this season.

“It is going to be on the Lakers to, you either got to stop Joker from passing or stop him from scoring,” Green said. “The easier one to do is stop him from getting assists. Can’t allow him to get both. If he gets both, you lose. It’s very simple.”

Jokic has been on fire in this year’s playoffs, averaging 30.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 9.7 assists in 37.7 minutes per game. He led the Nuggets to a 53-29 regular-season record and helped eliminate the Timberwolves and the Suns in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

On the other hand, the Lakers made the playoffs as the 7th seed via the play-in tournament and eliminated the 2nd-seeded Grizzlies and the 6th-seeded Warriors, who were the 2022 NBA champions, in the first two rounds. The Lakers-Nuggets series will begin on Tuesday, with the first two games being played in Denver.

Green shared his prediction of who will come out on top in this series, “I think we’re gonna have a rerun of 2020 (at the bubble). I think the Lakers will take it. I got the Lakers, I got the Lakers in six. Closing out at home in six. That is my prediction. That’s what I’m rolling with, and I’m sticking to it.”