NBA Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Game 7
Denver Nuggets Look to Slobber-Knock the Clippers in Game 7
Many say that in sports there are two words that go together best, and those are “Game” and “Seven”, which is why Handicapper’s Hideaway is excited to cover Game Seven between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
TIME: 9:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN; BETTING LINE: CLIPPERS -7.5 / TOTAL 207.5 *
Just to confirm, this is a battle between the 2nd seeded Clippers and the 3rd seeded Nuggets, where the pressure is most likely on Los Angeles’ side as they are considered one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship this year. The Nuggets have had a bit of a roller-coaster season and barely survived the 1st Round against the Utah Jazz, so it looks like Mike Malone and his team are hitting on all cylinders at the right place and the right time.
It seems that the Denver Nuggets play best when they are on the verge of elimination, as they were down 3-1 versus the Jazz in the 1st Round and were down 3-1 versus the Clippers in this round. If they are able to eliminate the Clippers, they’ll meet the Lakers in the next round, where they will also be the underdogs for that series.
Their last game on Sunday, the Clippers took a 16 point lead at the break and ended up having a 19 point margin before they went cold in the 3rd quarter. Denver noticed that the Clippers froze up and started their journey back with the help of Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, and rookie Micheal Porter Jr. In the end, the Nuggets won the game by 13 points and shifted the momentum over to their side for this crucial Game 7.
Speaking of Michael Porter Jr., a rookie drafted out of the University of Missouri was practically a steal for the Nuggets, as they were able to acquire him with the 14th pick. He was one of the top prospects in the draft but due to some injury concerns, he fell all the way down to the middle of the pack. Nonetheless, he has shined through the season and playoffs and really looks like a comfortable kid looking to rack up the points for his team. We are interested in seeing where his career will go as I would say that the sky’s the limit for him.
The Clippers have lost two in a row and need to put everything on the line to survive
Doc Rivers and the Clippers don’t look too concerned, especially behind their emotionless star, Kawhi Leonard, who has been playing very well these playoffs but needs more help from his teammates. However, if the Clippers fail to meet the Lakers in the Conference Finals, they’ll be deemed as failures and will have to make some important decisions as to how to proceed with their team.
The Clippers were built to win, there isn’t any other option for them, as they maneuvered to bring in Leonard and Paul George as their team leaders, and create a strong crew of supporting players who should cover any weakness they may have. With this I mean, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Reggie Jackson, and Marcus Morris.
The Clippers should win this game as they are the better team, but it’s going to be a tough one for them. I would actually recommend betting on the Denver Nuggets as I don’t think the Clippers can cover the spread of -7.5.
Dart Throw: Clippers 114 – 108 Nuggets
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