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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1: How to watch, TV channel, streaming, start time, injury report and stats

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers face a difficult first-round test in the 2024 NBA Playoffs against the reigning NBA Champion Denver Nuggets.

Denver holds the second seed in the playoffs, meaning they have home-court advantage over the Lakers. The Nuggets went 33-8 at home, the joint-second-best home record in the 2023/24 regular season.

The Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans in the Play-In Tournament to set up this first-round matchup. Neither James nor Anthony Davis shot 40 percent from the field in that game, but they both shot efficiently from the free throw line and limited Pelicans starters Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas to 15 points combined.

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1, TV channel and streaming

Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets playoff series will be aired on ABC, which can be watched through linear or cable TV and through streaming apps such as YouTubeTV, FuboTV and Sling TV.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 start time, date and venue

Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets series is scheduled to tip off at 8:30 PM ET/6:30 PM MT/5:30 PM PT on Saturday, April 20, with the game taking place at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 injury report

Los Angeles Lakers: Cam Reddish - ankle, questionable; Jarred Vanderbilt - foot, doubtful; Jalen Hood-Schifino - back, out; Christian Wood - knee, out

Denver Nuggets: Collin Gillespie - knee, questionable; Vlatko Cancar - knee, out

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 predicted lineups

Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis

Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 stats

  • The Denver Nuggets swept this season's series against the Los Angeles Lakers 3-0.
  • The Nuggets have the league's fourth-best net rating at +5.5 points per 100 possessions; the Lakers have the 19th-best net rating at +0.6 points per 100 possessions.
  • Both teams rank in the top 10 in three-point percentage (Lakers 37.7 percent; Nuggets 37.4 percent) but in the bottom 10 in three-point attempts per game.
  • The Lakers attempt the second-most free throws per game with 24.2; the Nuggets attempt the second-fewest with 19.9.
  • Los Angeles has the lowest offensive rebound percentage in the NBA at 19.9 percent; Denver's is 25.5 percent and is good for sixth in the league.
  • Both teams are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games; the Nuggets are 6-4 straight up and the Lakers are 7-3 straight up.
  • Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray lead the Nuggets in scoring with 26.4 and 21.2 points per game respectively; LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead the Lakers with 25.7 and 24.7 points per game respectively.

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