NBA Playoffs: Game 1 Of Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers are set to have their first game for the second-run series of the NBA playoffs tonight, which means some of the hottest NBA odds are about to come your way. The Clippers advanced to the second seed of the Western Conference after taking down the Dallas Mavericks. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are not far behind at No. 3.
Here’s the preview of the match today:
The Clippers are still one of the heavy favorites this season, especially now that they successfully defeated the Mavericks and Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Paul George moved forward as one of the best trios this season.
Point guard Patrick Beverley, however, is set to return at a later date. He only played for 20 minutes against Dallas due to a strained calf injury. Beverley’s presence is strong. Without him, the Clippers need to assign a more powerful point guard to defend the team against the Nuggets.
The Nuggets are now in good shape after shooting guard Gary Harris announced his return. Harris only played for 21 minutes in Game 6 and 27 minutes in Game 7, so he’d be well-rested and ready to face the Clippers in this series. Harris has an impressive offensive synergy with Nikola Jokic.
Aside from Harris, we’d also see more of Torrey Craig and Jerami Grant in this match. The duo is expected to defend the team against the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. On other news, Michael Porter Jr., a breakout star for the Nuggets, would likely be benched.
Schedule And Predictions
Based on the forms of the two teams, the Clippers are more well-rested. Critics and fans favor them in this series. If the Nuggets can steal one to two games before they succumb to physical and mental exhaustion, they can upset the game and outsmart the Clippers. The current problem with the Clippers is their poor defensive strategies.
For viewing guides and predictions, here’s the schedule for the series:
Game 1: Thur, Sept 3 Denver vs. Los Angeles, 9:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
Game 2: Sat, Sept 5 Denver vs. Los Angeles, 9:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
Game 3: Mon, Sept 7 Los Angeles vs. Denver, 9:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
Game 4: Wed, Sept 9 Los Angeles vs. Denver, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Game 5*: Fri, Sept 11 Denver vs. Los Angeles, TBD (TNT)
Game 6*: Sun, Sept 13 Los Angeles vs. Denver, TBD (ESPN)
Game 7*: Tues, Sept 15 Denver vs. Los Angeles, TBD (ESPN)