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Experts' picks for Lakers-Nuggets in the Western Conference finals

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Vince Carter breaks down what to expect in the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Nuggets. (1:33)

It's not the battle of Los Angeles that many around the league expected, but here we are.

After making NBA history with consecutive comebacks from 3-1 series deficits, the Denver Nuggets take the postseason's most unlikely run into a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

And no, despite Nuggets head coach Michael Malone's tongue-in-cheek plea to start the series down 3-1, the Western Conference finals gives Denver a clean slate for more bubble magic. The Nuggets probably need it against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the heavily favored Lakers.

What's in store with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line? Our experts are unveiling their predictions for Lakers-Nuggets.

Note: Experts' picks for the Eastern Conference finals were posted before Game 1 between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

MORE: What to expect from these unexpected West finals


Western Conference finals

Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs. Denver Nuggets (3)

Jerry Bembry: Lakers in 6

Tim Bontemps: Lakers in 6

Nick DePaula: Lakers in 6

Nick Friedell: Lakers in 5

Kirk Goldsberry: Lakers in 7

Andrew Han: Lakers in 6

Chris Herring: Lakers in 7

Andrew Lopez: Lakers in 6

Zach Lowe: Lakers in 6

Tim MacMahon: Lakers in 6

Bobby Marks: Nuggets in 7

Dave McMenamin: Lakers in 6

Kevin Pelton: Lakers in 5

Jorge Sedano: Lakers in 6

Ramona Shelburne: Lakers in 6

Andre' Snellings: Lakers in 6

Marc J. Spears: Lakers in 7

Jesse Washington: Lakers in 6

Eric Woodyard: Lakers in 6

Royce Young: Lakers in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Lakers in 6


Final tally: Lakers (20), Nuggets (1).

Eastern Conference finals

Boston Celtics (3) vs. Miami Heat (5)

Jerry Bembry: Heat in 7

Tim Bontemps: Celtics in 6

Nick DePaula: Heat in 6

Nick Friedell: Celtics in 6

Kirk Goldsberry: Heat in 6

Andrew Han: Heat in 6

Chris Herring: Celtics in 7

Andrew Lopez: Heat in 7

Zach Lowe: Celtics in 7

Tim MacMahon: Heat in 7

Bobby Marks: Heat in 6

Dave McMenamin: Celtics in 7

Kevin Pelton: Celtics in 7

Omar Raja: Heat in 7

Jorge Sedano: Heat in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Heat in 6

Andre' Snellings: Celtics in 7

Marc J. Spears: Celtics in 6

Jesse Washington: Celtics in 7

Eric Woodyard: Heat in 7

Royce Young: Celtics in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Celtics in 7


Final tally: Celtics (11), Heat (11).