Despite the new and improved version of the Denver Nuggets, The Oklahoma City Thunder will win this series 4-2.
This series will give fans the best mixture of up-and-coming talent and players with a handful of playoff experience. If one is looking for a great example of how NBA basketball is going to be played (and should be played) over the next ten years, look no further than this series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets.
If you have been blessed with the chance to watch the Nuggets play after the Carmelo Anthony trade, you will notice the significant improvement in three key players: J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, and Chris Andersen.
If it is even possible to imagine, J.R. Smith has become even more fearless when it comes to having the ball during the last minute of a quarter, half, or game. He still does not hesitate to take a three-point shot when the Nuggets need to build momentum or stop the momentum of the Nuggets' opponents.
Nuggets veteran power-forward Kenyon Martin continues to do what he does best. He continues to ignite the crowd with emphatic dunks, and he continues to have a great touch inside the paint. Martin has averaged almost 15 points and eight rebounds this month.
Chris Andersen's numbers have increased slightly since the Anthony trade as well. Andersen's points per game averaged has improved from five points per game to now ten points per game. This extra offensive contribution will certainly help the Nuggets win a couple games this series.
Unfortunately for the Nuggets, the Oklahoma City Thunder have home court advantage. Aside from that, the Thunder have a handful of players that now have playoff experience after taking the Lakers to six games in the 2010 playoffs before being defeated by the Lakers in game six.
Look for the offensive production from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, as well as the defensive-minded players such as Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, and Thabo Sefolosha to wear down the Nuggets in six games.