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Up 3-0, here's just how likely it is the Nuggets advance to their first-ever Finals

No team has ever come back from down 3-0 in a playoff series – and it gets even worse for the Lakers
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Posted at 9:57 AM, May 22, 2023

DENVER — The Nuggets are on the brink of the first NBA Finals appearance in the history of the franchise, up 3-0 on their longtime postseason rival in the Los Angeles Lakers.

So, is the series all but over?

With one of the greatest players of all time on the opposing side in LeBron James, nothing is certain. But history is overwhelmingly on Denver's side – and the trend is doubly bad for the Lakers specifically.

No team has ever come back from down 3-0 in a postseason series. Teams in a 3-0 hole are 0-149 all-time in those instances.
The Lakers, though, haven't even won a game when trailing 3-0. In fact, their eight losses in those games is the most without a win in league history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In 2016, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers mounted the only NBA Finals comeback after falling into a 3-1 series deficit.

James-led teams, however, have been swept twice in three instances when down 3-0.