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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers open up their best-of-seven Western Conference series on Sunday at the Staples Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Lakers as 4.5-point home favorites, while the total has dropped a full point to settle in at 201.5.

Los Angeles enters as the No. 3 seed and will be looking to move past the painful memory of getting bounced out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round a year ago. The Lakers are 67-36 all-time in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series.

Kobe Bryant is still the star of the show offensively. He finished just behind Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (28.0) for the league's scoring title, averaging 27.9 points per game. The Lakers guard is still in search of his sixth championship ring, which would tie him with all-time great Michael Jordan of the
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