Nuggets vs Clippers Predictions & Preview: Game 5 to 6
The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers are set to settle their last two games this week. Game 5 of the series kicks off tomorrow, September 11. With the Clippers holding a 2-1 series lead for the next game, the Nuggets are at a serious disadvantage. Let’s take a look at the preview, predictions, and schedule for the conclusion of the series before placing bets on the top Bitcoin sportsbooks offering the latest match odds.
The Clippers have one of the best rosters this season. The team carries Kawhi Leonard, a former member of last year’s champion Toronto Raptors, and Paul George, a six-time NBA All-Star. Through power and coordination, the Clippers secured a per-game average of 20.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in the playoffs.
League-wide, the Clippers ranked five as a defensive unit during the regular season. But now, they are the leading team in the offense for the 2020 NBA playoff bracket, scoring 1.19 points per possession, and the second team in shooting efficiency.
The Denver Nuggets will head to battle with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray on the frontline. Jokic is one of the series’ best offensive hubs with an average of 25.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in the playoffs. Murray, meanwhile, averages 27.4 points in the postseason.
Despite a strong frontline, the team listed Will Barton, with a knee injury, as out for Game 4. Barton was reportedly suffering from knee soreness the entire time in the bubble. His absence was a blow to the Nuggets, but this isn’t something the team couldn’t overcome.
The Nuggets currently hold the third spot in both offensive rebound rate and assist-to-turnover ratio in the NBA Playoffs. Furthermore, critics claim that the team is also excellent at avoiding turnovers. On average, the Nuggets can give the ball away at only 12.9 percent of possessions in the playoffs.
The Clippers are expected to win their fifth and last games as critics projected that Leonard and Murray will exceed their regular-season scoring averages. Denver, at a disadvantage, is currently one of the worst defensive teams in the playoffs. On top of that, the Clippers listed no injuries in this matchup, while the Nuggets had to out Barton.
- Friday, September 11, 6:30 AM PST
- Sunday, September 13, TBD *if necessary