The NBA is set up with another great day of action as the second round comes to a finish. The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers will meet in Game 7 of their series as winner goes home. These two teams have had a great series so far and I expect a great conclusion. These two teams will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
The Nuggets finished out the regular season with a record of 46-27, which put them in the third spot of the Western Conference. Denver met up with the Utah Jazz in the first round and found themselves in a 3-1 deficit. The Nuggets came back though to win the series in seven games. Now Denver will look to complete the 3-1 series comeback in this one on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles earned the second seed in the Western Conference after finishing out the regular season with a record of 49-23. The Clippers met up with the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, where Los Angeles moved on in a tough six game series. The Clippers now need to find a way to close out the Nuggets with a win in Game 7 of this series.
These two teams have battled it out back and forth throughout the entire series. The Clippers jumped out to a strong 3-1 series lead, but as Denver did in the first round, they battled back. Now we will see if the Nuggets magical run can continue or if Los Angeles will finally finish them off. The Lakers will await the winner of this series in the Western Conference Final.
Game’s 1 and 2 of this series were back and forth. Kawhi Leonard took over in Game 1, dropping 29 points. Paul George added 19 points of his own as the Clippers won 120-97 to take a 1-0 series lead. Jamal Murray led the way for the Nuggets in Game 2, scoring 27 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds as Denver won 110-101 to tie up the series.
Game 3 was a close one, but the Clippers ultimately came up on top. George dropped 32 points, while Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points and 14 rebounds. Los Angeles won 113-107 to take a 2-1 series lead. Leonard stepped up again in Game 4, dropping 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. The Clippers took a 3-1 series lead with a 96-85 win.
Game 5 of this series was back on September 11. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and 9 rebounds to continue his dominance. Paul George dropped 26 points, but it still was not enough. Jamal Murray scored 26 points, while Nikola Jokic dropped 22 points and 14 rebounds. The Nuggets pulled off a 111-105 win to stay alive in the series.
Game 6 was on September 13. Paul George scored 33 points, while Kawhi Leonard dropped 25 points. It still was not enough though for the Clippers. Nikola Jokic finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Jamal Murray finished with 21 points as Denver erased a 16 point Los Angeles lead at halftime. The Nuggets forced this Game 7 with a 111-98 win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Nuggets have been solid throughout the playoffs when it comes to shooting from the field. Denver has made 46.3 percent of their shots, which is fifth best among the original sixteen playoff teams. The Nuggets have also drained 39.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is the best among the remaining playoff teams.
Los Angeles has the third best shooting percentage from the field throughout the playoffs. The Clippers have made around 48.2 percent of their shots from the field. Los Angeles has also made around 37.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is third best among the remaining playoff teams. The Clippers will look to keep shooting well from the field in Game 7.
These two teams have been doing well at shooting throughout this series. The Nuggets have made 46 percent of their shots from the field throughout this series. Los Angeles has made 46.1 percent of their shots from the field in this series. Both teams will look to tighten up their defense a bit in this series as they look to win Game 7.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been huge leaders for the Nuggets as they are both averaging 26 points per game. Jokic is also averaging 10 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game throughout the playoffs. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per game in this series. Jerami Grant rounds out the lineup, averaging 10 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard has been the best player for the Clippers throughout this playoff run. Leonard has averaged 29.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Paul George is averaging 21 points per game in the postseason. Lou Williams has averaged 13.5 points per game off the bench, while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 10 points per game off the bench. Marcus Morris has averaged 12 points per game as well.
These two teams have had a great scoring from their top performers. The Nuggets have seen Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic trade off great games. Los Angeles will look to shut them down though in Game 7. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have done great and will need to take over if the Clippers want to win this series.
The Nuggets are coming into this Game 7 with the momentum, but I expect Los Angeles to adjust to slow them down right away. If Kawhi Leonard showed anything last postseason, it is that he is a clutch performer. I expect Leonard to step up, which should be able to push the Clippers to a great chance to earn a win. If Los Angeles’ bench can step up, it should be enough to push the Clippers to the Conference Finals.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed at -7 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Clippers, which I agree with. While the Nuggets run back from another 3-1 deficit has been great, I do not think they can finish it off this time. I expect Los Angeles to pour it on early and push ahead to the win late in this one.