Wednesday’s NBA Playoff Match Ups
(Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets Game 5)
If I could define this year’s NBA Playoffs I would just one word:
In almost every single NBA Playoff series so far there have been
flagrant fouls, ejections, questionable calls at the end of games
and suspensions. The physicality that has been so prevalent
throughout the Playoffs so far I can’t remember an NBA Playoffs this
physical in recent memory. It reminds me of the old Jordan rules in
the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and New York
Knicks or even the heated Knicks and Bulls rivalry back in the day.
Old school basketball! I am loving it!
One of the most physical series has been the Denver Nuggets against
the Dallas Mavericks. The Nuggets have proved thus far that they are
the better team, but the Mavs have refused to die as they won game
four in the face of elimination mostly due to the amazing 44 point
performance by Dirk Nowitzki.
Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets Game 5
Nuggets -8.5 O/U 213.5 - at Bodog
Not only did Dirk have a breakout performance in game four with 44
points and only misses one shot the entire game, but Carmelo Anthony
kept up with Dirk all game long and finished with a team high 41
When it comes down to the Nuggets are the better all around team
period. They have the young superstar scorer in Carmelo, the
experienced veteran point guard in Chauncey Billups and a bench full
of more than capable role players who bring it night in and night
The Dallas Mavericks on the other hand only really have Dirk
Nowitzki. Yes, they have a future hall of fame point guard in Jason
Kidd and the sixth man of the year in Jason Terry, but all three of
these guys aren’t getting any younger and are finding it harder and
harder to compete with the young up and coming Nuggets in this
Honestly, this series should have been over in Dallas. If it weren’t
for Dirk being absolutely on fire in game four the Nuggets would be
already on their way to their first Western Conference finals series
Every single aspect of Denver Nuggets is at the top of their game.
Carmelo Anthony has embraced his role and has started to flourish.
Chauncey Billups is playing for his home town team and is living up
to his Mr. Big Shot reputation. Nene Hilario is finally injury free
and is turning into the kind of player the Nuggets had hope for when
they drafted him some years ago and the bench is filled with players
that are having breakout seasons like JR Smith and Chris “The
Dallas may have Dirk, but he will not be nearly enough for the Mavs
to come out of a 3-1 hole against the red hot Nuggets in Denver. I
fully expected this series to end in game five and the Denver
Nuggets to advance to the Western Conference finals. In fact I don’t
even think game five will be a close game. I see a 20+ blowout for
Denver on the horizon and another huge game for both Carmelo Anthony
and Chauncey Billups.
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