The NBA is set with two great second round matchups on Wednesday night. One of the games up on the board for September 9 will be between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have played in a strong series so far, which should lead to another good game in Game 4. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Los Angeles finished out the regular season with a record of 49-23, which put them in second place of the Western Conference. The Clippers met up with the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, where they knocked them out in a six game series. Los Angeles now has a chance to take a 3-1 series lead with a win on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets posted a record of 46-27 throughout the regular season, which helped them earn the third spot in the Western Conference. Denver met up with the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. The Nuggets erased a 3-1 series deficit to knock out the Jazz in seven games. Now Denver will look to tie up the series with a win in Game 4.
These two teams have met in an exciting series so far, which should lead to a great game on September 9. The Clippers took over late in Game 3 to take the series lead back, but look for Denver to respond in this one. The Nuggets have been extremely resilient in this playoff run, which could help them bounce back with a win in this one.
Game 1 of this series was back on September 3. Nikola Jokic finished with 15 points, while Paul Millsap had 13 points. It was not enough for the Nuggets though. Kawhi Leonard took over for the Clippers, dropping 29 points. Paul George dropped 19 points and Marcus Morris scored 18 points. Los Angeles took Game 1 by an impressive score of 120-97.
The second game of this series was on September 5. Paul George dropped 22 points, but Kawhi Leonard was held to 13 points. This was enough for the Nuggets to take over. Jamal Murray finished with 27 points, while Nikola Jokic dropped 26 points and 18 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets were able to bounce back to tie up this series with a 110-101 win.
Game 3 of this series was back on September 7. Nikola Jokic finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, which was not enough. Paul George scored 32 points, while Kawhi Leonard dropped 23 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers dropped back with an impressive 113-107 win to take the series lead back.
These two teams have had a solid series so far, with the Los Angeles Clippers taking a 2-1 series early. Los Angeles also went 2-1 throughout the regular season series against the Nuggets. Denver needs Jamal Murray to step up in Game 4. He was a huge reason for Denver’s round 1 comeback and will need to propel his team in this series.
Field Goal Shooting
The Clippers have been the best field goal shooting team throughout this postseason. Los Angeles has made 50.3 percent of their shots from the field this postseason run. The Clippers have also made 38.6 percent of their shots from deep. Los Angeles is second of the remaining playoff teams from behind the arc.
Denver is fourth of the remaining playoff teams when it comes to shooting from the field. The Nuggets have made 46 percent of their shots from the field in this playoff run. Denver has been the best team from deep during the playoffs. The Nuggets have made 39 percent of their shots from behind the arc in the postseason.
These two teams have done really well when it comes to shooting this postseason. Both teams have not played great defense in the playoffs though. If either team can step up on defense in this series, it could give them the edge to move on to the Western Conference. Look for the Nuggets to step up their defensive game in Game 4 of this series.
Kawhi Leonard has continued to dominate in the playoffs. Leonard is averaging 29 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Paul George has averaged 20.5 points per game. Lou Williams is averaging 14.5 points, while Marcus Morris has averaged 13 points per game. Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell are both averaging 10 points per game.
Jamal Murray has taken over for the Nuggets in this postseason. Murray has averaged 27.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. Nikola Jokic is averaging 25.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds per game off the bench. Jerami Grant has also averaged around 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have seen great performances from their top two players in the playoffs. Leonard and George have been doing really well for the Clippers, but Jamal Murray dominated to eliminate the Jazz in the first round. Murray needs to find his rhythm again in this series if he wants to keep the Nuggets in this series.
These two teams have bounced back and forth in the series so far and I think that the Nuggets have a chance to tie up the series again. Denver has been able to keep up with the Clippers shooting throughout the playoffs. If the Nuggets can slow down Kawhi and get Jamal Murray going, it should be a close game.
BetOnline has the Clippers listed as a -8 against the spread in this one. This implies that Los Angeles is going to dominate for a win in this one. I think that Denver has proven that they can keep up in this series, which should be shown in the spread. The Nuggets kept it close in Game 3 and as huge underdogs in this one, Denver has a lot of value.