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How the Thunder could win
The Thunder made a huge deal at the trade deadline and acquired Kendrick Perkins from the Celtics. This could be the move that builds them into a winner.
Perkins is one of the best defensive centers in the league and has brought an enforcer mentality to the Thunder. When you add Perkins to the nucleus of Durant and Westbrook, you get a solid core the team could build upon for years to come.
The Thunder can send Durant and Westbrook at the Nuggets and should do so early and often. Look for Durant to oppose his will upon the multiple defenders the Nuggets will throw at him.
If the Thunder are going to win, they need to play good defense above all. Denver is simply too good offensively for the Thunder to play bad defense and win.
How the Nuggets could win
I thought Denver would fall off the face of the map when Carmelo Anthony was traded but I, along with countless number of people, was wrong and I am terribly sorry, Denver. After watching the Nuggets and Lakers game a week or so ago, I am a believer that Denver could make some noise.
The thing that makes the Nuggets so dangerous is their lack of a No. 1 player. No doubt you, the reader, are wondering how is this so? Well Denver is that much more dangerous because opposing teams have no idea who is going to dominate each game.
It could be Wilson Chandler one game and then Ty Lawson the next and then Danilo Gallinari after. The Thunder will have to cover multiple players and it could cause significant problems.
Who will win
This is going to be an extremely entertaining series, and I really wish both teams could win because both could make serious noise if they advance. That being said, I think the Thunder simply have too much firepower with their duo of Durant and Westbrook. The Nuggets will put up a great fight, but in the end the Thunder win.
Thunder win 4-3