Kenneth Faried and his young Nuggets team mates will come out of the gates running and take an early lead. When the first quarter ends they will be ahead by 2 points after allowing LA to go on an 8 point run late in the period.
Denver 23 , LA 21 after quarter 1
Denver will trail at the half by four points after allowing LA to make another late-period run. The Nuggets will have lead by as many as 8 points in the second but will have allowed themselves to fall behind.
Denver 51, LA 55 at the half.
In the third, the Nuggets will pull ahead once again. They will quickly overcome the four-point deficit they started the half with and run out to a 12 point lead before allowing the Lakers back in once again. Kobe Bryant will lift the Lakers as he always does and the third will end with the score tied. LA will end the period on a 9-point run
Denver 79. LA 79 after quarter 3
The Lakers and Nuggets will trade blows in a very intense 4th quarter. The Lakers will begin the period by opening up an 8 point lead. Denver will climb back in with sharp shooting from behind the arc and with dynamic play in the paint by Faried and McGee. The Nuggets will play tough on the defensive end as well.
Denver 106, LA 101 final score.
That's my prediction and I am stickin' to it.