This is a matchup of NBA between Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers at Pepsi Center in Denver. Denver Nuggets against LA Clippers is the match with big interest after their previous matches at NBA. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Currently, the Clippers are in the 8th seed of the Western Conference (32-27). All season long, they looked for a place in the playoffs, but then they traded their best player Tobias Harris. This trade made the LA way weaker than they were before. Out of their last 10 games, they’ve won 5. Clippers play at a high pace and score a lot of points. Los Angeles is 6th in scoring and are scoring 114.3 points per game. Clippers play bad defense as they are 19th among NBA’s defensive rating and allows 110.2 points. So, to conclude – Clippers likes offense and hates defense. Wilson Chandler and Luc Mbah a Moute won’t play in this game due to injury. This season’s leaders: Lou Williams (19.9ppg, 5.3apg,), Danilo Gallinari (18.7ppg, 6.0rpg), Montrezl Harrell (15.9pg, 6.7rpg). In away games Clippers are playing quite well (16-15).
Currently, Denver is in the 2nd seed of the Western Conference standings (39-18). Denver has lost 3 of their last 5 games and it looks like they are in a little slump. Denver’s plays at the slow pace, unselfishly. In fact, they are 2nd in the league in assists (27.6apg). Isiah Thomas has finally come back from injury and he should be a big offensive threat. Nuggets are among the best defensive teams in the NBA as they allow 107.1ppg. Nikola Jokic is a clear leader in this team. The “Joker” is leading his team in all major statistical categories and FG%. Michael Porter Jr. and Gary Harris will be out for this game. Trey Lyles is questionable. Denver’s leaders this season: Nikola Jokic (20.4, 10.6rpg, 7.7apg), Jamal Murray (18.3ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.2rpg), Paul Milsap (12.2ppg, 6.7rpg). In home games, Denver is always unbeatable (25-4).
Earlier this season, these teams saw each other 3 times and Nuggets are leading season series 2-1. Last game was on January 11th and Denver blew out the Clippers 100-121. Leaders in this game for Clips were: Lou Williams (19pts, 5ass), Danilo Gallinari (18pts, 4ass, 3rebs), Montrezl Harrell (16pts, 6rebs). Tobias Harris scored 18pts and was a leader in this game, but now he is out of the Clippers and this is a huge disadvantage for them. Denver’s leaders in this game: Jamal Murray (23pts, 5rebs), Nikola Jokic (18pts, 14rebs, 10ast), Mason Plumlee (17pts, 12rebs, 5ast).
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