After their Western Conference Finals appearance against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019-20 season, many thought that Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets would be one of the contending teams this season. While it looked that way during the regular season, a serious injury to Jamal Murray ended up derailing any hope of them making it deep in the playoffs this season.

Next season will be an interesting one for the Denver Nuggets, as they will miss Jamal Murray for at least part of the season, which could mean a worse regular-season record. However, they will be a dangerous team in the playoffs if Jamal Murray is able to return before the postseason.

NBA Analyst Brian Geltzeiler has recently stated that the Denver Nuggets are the biggest threat to the Los Angeles Lakers and them making the Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers notably added Russell Westbrook via trade this offseason, as well as some solid veterans, a lot of whom are former All-Stars. There's no doubt that the Lakers are stacked with talent.