The NBA 2023-24 season is upon us! Defending champions, the Denver Nuggets, take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the season’s thrilling opening game. For fans in the Philippines, you can catch the live action on setantasports.com.
The Denver Nuggets, as reigning NBA champions, will tip-off their title defense against a restructured Los Angeles Lakers squad. While the Nuggets basked in their inaugural championship glory during the offseason, the Lakers have been reflecting on their Western Conference finals defeat to the very same team.
This eagerly-awaited season opener doubles as the championship banner-raising event for the Nuggets, a moment that will undoubtedly be bitter for the Lakers, given their playoff sweep by Denver last season.
Comments made by Denver’s head coach, Michael Malone, post their victory over the Lakers, further added fuel to the fire. His statement, “If anyone is still talking about the Lakers in the NBA Finals, that’s on them. They’ve gone fishing. We’re still here,” did not sit well with Lakers’ stalwarts, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
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Though the Nuggets return with their championship-winning core, the departures of Bruce Brown and Jeff Green were noticeable. Nevertheless, they’ve rejuvenated their lineup with signings like Justin Holiday and Reggie Jackson while also roping in the talented Julian Strawther through the draft and extending Zeke Nnaji’s contract.
The team’s hopes are pinned on reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, supported by a stellar cast including Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
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On the other hand, the Lakers, not to be outdone, have augmented their roster with the likes of Gabe Vincent, Cam Reddish, and Taurean Prince. While age might be catching up with James and Davis, their performance remains top-notch. However, the team’s playoff aspirations could waver if either superstar faces significant injury.
The Lakers, especially after Malone’s comments, have a point to prove. As Lakers guard Austin Reaves mentioned, this motivation amplifies the need to perform.
Where to watch Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Tune in to setantasports.com to catch the Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers showdown. Live coverage of the season’s opening game begins at 7:30 am on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (Philippine Time), taking place at Ball Arena in Denver, CO for the 2023-24 NBA Regular Season.