Nuggets vs. Lakers: Who's better now?

The Lakers are the best team in the West, but Denver is the hottest. Who will win?

Originally Published: May 18, 2009
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets tip off the Western Conference finals Tuesday night (9 ET, ESPN). Leading up to that, I've been asked to answer a seemingly simple question:

Who's better?

At first glance, the answer may seem obvious. The Lakers won 65 games during the regular season, the Nuggets only 54, and L.A.'s average scoring margin (plus-7.7) was more than double Denver's (plus-3.4). L.A. won three of four regular-season meetings between the two teams, and a ...

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