Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets
Two teams with different playing styles will face each other today, in what many expect to be a close game. The Clippers are in terrible shape with just 2 wins over their last 8 games, playing some terrible defense during that stretch. They have been a lot better at home with their record currently at 10-4 but they have lost 3 of their last 4 in front of their fans.
Nuggets are in great shape with 4 straight wins and 8 in their last 10 and they are among the most consistent teams in the league at the moment. They have lost their last 2 games on the road, both in the East, against much weaker sides (Hawks, Hornets) but they are more consistent against Western teams and especially playoff contenders.
The Nuggets Harris and a few more who are out for quite a while (Barton, Millsap, Porter, Thomas) but they have adapted playing shorthanded and it is less of an issue than it seems.
Nuggets have the better defense and it is a result of great teamwork, while they have improved even more recently, allowing just about 44 points inside the paint which is an area where the Clippers tend to do a lot of damage. They also are the better rebounding team and they will look to control the tempo through that while the Clippers have had a lot of trouble on that part recently and they allow 12 offensive rebound (2nd worst in the league) per game which will be crucial today.
The Clippers have huge issues from points allowed inside the paint and little in their arsenal to counter Jokic's ability in creating or finishing by himself.
The only thing the Nuggets have to be aware and take care of is the Clippers great bench contribution, which is one of the best in the league, thus if they manage to properly adjust their rotation in order to limit the damage and stay competitive while resting their starters, they are going to have a very easy afternoon. Backing the better and more consistent team here, for a change, while S.Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the players that will have to step up for the Clippers and his line at 9.5 points is very low as well.
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Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets prediction
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