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Nuggets to play Lakers in first round of NBA playoffs. Game 1 is Saturday on Denver7

The Nuggets and Lakers will square off in the postseason for the ninth time.
Posted at 8:24 PM, Apr 16, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-17 11:37:38-04

The Denver Nuggets will once again clash with the Los Angeles Lakers in the postseason, and Game 1 of the series will air on Denver7.

The first-round matchup between the two teams was locked in Tuesday night when the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA's play-in tournament.

With the win, Los Angeles secured the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference bracket. Denver tied for the best regular season record in the conference and earned the No. 2 seed.

The Nuggets will have home-court advantage for the series. Game 1 will be played on Saturday at Ball Arena, with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 MST. You can watch a special edition of Denver7 News at 5 before the game and stick around for highlights and other news after the game.
Game 4 will also air on Denver7 Saturday, April 27. Tip-off for that one is also slated for 6:30 p.m. MST.

Denver swept LA in the Western Conference Finals last year en route to its first-ever title. It marked the first time in eight postseason series that the Nuggets were able to advance past the Lakers. You can go in-depth on the postseason history between the two teams here.

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Several NBA playoff games air on ABC. The following first-round playoff games will air on Denver7:

Saturday, April 20

  • Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Game 1 (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)

Sunday, April 21, 2024

  • TBD @ Boston Celtics Game 1 (coverage at 10:30 a.m. MST)
  • Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Clippers Game 1 (coverage at 1:30 p.m. MST)

Saturday, April 27, 2024

  • Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers Game 4 (coverage at 6 p.m. MST)

Sunday, April 28, 2024

  • New York Knicks @ TBD Game 4 (coverage at 10:30 a.m. MST)
  • Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks Game 4 (coverage at 1:30 p.m. MST)