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Friday Quickies: Jamal Murray vs. Anthony Davis Edition

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Get ready for a Wildcat showdown.

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Starting tonight will be the first game between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers in a best-of-seven series for the right to advance to the NBA Finals.. The Lakers, now prohibited favorites to win this year’s NBA title, are coming off several days of rest and also have two of the best five players on the planet: LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

While the story was supposed to be written for the Lakers to meet the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals, the emerging Nuggets crashed the party and are now looking to etch their place in history by advancing to the NBA Finals.

Across from former Wildcat Anthony Davis will be the young Nuggets star Jamal Murray, who has somehow managed to average 50/49/91 shooting splits during these playoffs. Murray and his All-NBA running mate, Nikola Jokic, as well as high quality teammates stand between James’s 10th appearance in the Finals and Davis’s debut.

While James and Jokic could very well determine the outcome of this series as individuals, both will each look to the former Wildcats to assist them over the hump. Davis’s ability to play an elite level of basketball at both ends of the floor will most likely match the high-powered scoring and clutch shooting of Murray.

We saw last series that the heavily favored team (Clippers) doesn’t always come out on top. However, Lebron James is in a category of his own. Do the Nuggets have what it takes to keep Davis from reaching his first ever NBA Finals? Or will Davis make Murray and co. wait one more year?

Drop your prediction in the comments below!

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