Lakers Late Night Playoff Preview -- First round vs. Denver

There will be very little review of Thursday's loss to Sacramento. Instead, we'll be looking at the first round of the playoffs. The Lakers open Sunday against Denver (12:30 pm PT, ABC), in a matchup both of us think will pose some legitimate challenges to the purple and gold.

Among the topics covered in this playoff preview edition of Lakers Late Night:

  • Where the Nuggets pose problems for the Lakers. Start with the ability to push pace. Denver is a top notch team in transition. From there, you look at depth, and the prospect of Danilo Gallinari finding space to operate offensively thanks to the absence of Metta World Peace.

  • On the other hand, L.A. counters with size the Nuggets can't really handle, and a robust Kobe Bryant.

  • We make our picks for the four opening round series in the West, including the Clippers vs. Memphis. Which Los Angeles teams will advance?

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