Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Things You Need to Know for Game 7

Kobe Bryant didn't think about being on the brink of elimination after opening up a best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series with a pair of victories over the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center, but that now adds to the drama on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have still established the Los Angeles Lakers as solid 5.5-point home favorites, while the total has dropped three points to settle in at 195.

Let's take a closer look at the five things you need to know for the NBA's first Game 7 of the 2012 NBA playoffs. 

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