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Who will the Nuggets play in the Western Conference Finals of the 2023 NBA Playoffs?

Here’s a look at Denver’s next opponent in the playoffs.

2023 NBA Playoffs - Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns
Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball during Game Six of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns on May 11, 2023 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Friday update: The Nuggets will play the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals after LA defeated Golden State in Game 6 to win that series 4-2. Denver will have homecourt advantage in this matchup.

The Denver Nuggets have held serve as the No. 1 seed in the West, advancing to the conference finals for the first time since 2020. The Nuggets took care of business in Game 6 Thursday against the Phoenix Suns in blowout fashion, sending a clear message to the rest of the NBA. Here’s a look at who the Nuggets will play next in the Western Conference Finals.

Denver will play either the Los Angeles Lakers or Golden State Warriors, depending on which team wins that series. The Lakers currently hold a 3-2 edge over the Warriors and can close things out Friday evening but a Golden State win would mean a Game 7 Sunday.

The Nuggets last played the Lakers in the conference finals in the 2020 Orlando bubble. They lost that series to LA 4-1. Denver played the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs last year, losing that series 4-1.