“We’re not ducking the smoke!” Fearless Anthony Davis ready to take on Denver Nuggets challenge in playoffs

The Lakers are currently win-less against the Nuggets this season.

“We’re not ducking the smoke!” Fearless Anthony Davis ready to take on Denver Nuggets challenge in playoffs

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers have advanced past the Play-In tournament and are set to face the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. Anthony Davis and LeBron James were instrumental in their victory over the Pelicans.

With both stars healthy and performing at their best, the Lakers appear formidable heading into the postseason. This matchup will also serve as a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals.

However, the Lakers are coming off an 8-game losing streak versus the Nuggets. They were swept by Denver in the postseason, followed by four regular season losses. Anthony Davis, on the other hand, is ready for the battle. Davis has had a fantastic year, playing the most games as a Laker this season.

If they beat us, they beat us. We're not ducking the smoke. 
Anthony Davis told the Athletic

Davis is averaging 24.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. He’s been the primary player when it comes to points in the paint and rim protection. The Nuggets have shown improvement, but facing the Lakers, who are riding a strong momentum, will be a tough challenge for Nikola Jokic and his team.

Anthony Davis will be the key player in the first round against Nuggets

In the upcoming series against the Nuggets, the Lakers are expected to leverage their size advantage, particularly with Anthony Davis playing a pivotal role in defending Nikola Jokic in the paint. Despite Jokic’s offensive prowess, Davis has showcased strong defensive capabilities, leading in rebounding and blocks during the 2023 postseason.

Davis has posted averages of 22.2 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game in his last six matchups against the Nuggets.

Davis appears healthier than in previous seasons, which bodes well for the Lakers’ playoff aspirations. Although the Nuggets had an easier time against the Lakers last year, this postseason matchup is anticipated to be more challenging. Davis’ defensive contributions, particularly in rebounding against Jokic, will be critical for the Lakers’ success in the series.

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