The Clippers and the Nuggets will play Game 7 of their crazy series tonight. We are here with one late and a short preview of that game, including all the interesting factors. The most important news is that Jamal Murray plays and that the Nuggets shooting guard feels ready to give his best in hunting for a way to the next round.
Clippers (-330) are once again a massive favorite coming in this match. But really, are their prospects that better? We aren’t too sure. They’ll have to handle Jokic who is unstoppable right now, and that presents a big problem for Doc Rivers. Why?
Once Montrezl Harrell plays, Jokic is 64% from the field, but the Clips’ big fellow plays a good attack and creates problems for the Nuggets. On the other side, Ivica Zubac plays much better defense, and decreases Jokic’s percentage to 49%. Yet, he is pretty much useless on the offensive side of the ball.
One other problem for Rivers is closure. His team couldn’t close the last two games and that is something the Clippers didn’t experience before. Usually, they were the ones who pump up in the final period and roll over the rivals, but the recently opposite happened.
It could be possible that they feel the pressure. That is what Jokic indicated in his post-game interview, saying that his team has no expectations, while on the other side, the entire world expects and wants to see the Clippers in the West finals against the Lakers.
Nuggets (+270) are back to Game 7 again for the fourth straight time in the playoffs. It seems that in each series, they simply need to add some ups and downs, twists, plots, and other ingredients for a drama. That is the way this team works.
Enough about Jokic, we aren’t going to speak that much about the Serbian fella but about two other players. Jamal Murray and Garry Harris. If Murray drops 25+ points, the Nuggets’ chances for a victory are radically higher.
All eyes are on Joker, and he needs his partner at best possible level tonight. Each time Murray had at least one good sequence during the game, Denver would get that contest in the end.
Harris is doing all the dirty work, chasing whoever needed from the Clippers’ lineup. But not just that, he delivered some big shots in the last two wins.
Head to Head Games
Jokic dropped 34 points and had 14 boards and 7 dimes in Game 6. Denver won that one 111-98 even though they had a 19-point deficit. They would allow 34 points in the second half, stunning both George and Leonard. George had 33 and the Claw 25 buckets.
The spread on the Nuggets is +7.5, which is a perfect reason to bet on their win, including that difference. We aren’t too sure in the Clippers, mostly because this is the first time they experience real pressure this season. It is one thing to play games during the regular part of the season, and different now. So our pick are the Nuggets +7.5.
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