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|LA Clippers||Head-to-Head||Denver Nuggets
|Tyronn Lue||Head Coach||Michael Malone|
|22-23 (8th in West)||Standing||22-20 (6th in West)|
|106.4 (27th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.4 (16th of 30)|
|107.5 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.3 (13th of 30)|
|98.4 (16th of 30)||Pace||96.7 (24th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|P. George (24.7)||PPG||N. Jokic (25.3)|
|I. Zubac (8.0)||RPG||N. Jokic (13.9)|
|P. George (5.5)||APG||N. Jokic (7.4)|
|P. George (2.0)||SPG||N. Jokic (1.3)|
|I. Hartenstein (1.2)||BPG||N. Jokic (0.8)|
|I. Hartenstein (.671)/P. George (9.0)||FG%/FGM||N. Jokic (.566)/N. Jokic (9.9)|
|I. Hartenstein (.667)/L. Kennard (2.8)||3P%/3PM||V. Cancar (.583)/W. Barton (2.4)|
|Kawhi Leonard||LA Clippers||28 Sep 2021||Out (Knee)||Leonard underwent surgery on his ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Jason Preston||LA Clippers||7 Oct 2021||Out (Feet)||Preston underwent foot surgery and is expected to miss a significant portion of the season.|
|Paul George||LA Clippers||18 Jan 2022||Out (Elbow)||There is no timetable for George’s return from injury.|
|Luke Kennard||LA Clippers||18 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Reconditioning)||Kennard did not play in LA’s Monday (Jan 17) game.|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|PJ Dozier||Denver Nuggets||24 Nov 2021||Out (ACL)||Dozier has a torn ACL in his left knee and is out indefinitely.|
|Michael Porter||Denver Nuggets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Back)||Porter is out for the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.|
|Vlatko Cancar||Denver Nuggets||7 Jan 2022||Out (Foot)||Cancar underwent foot surgery and will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.|
|JaMychal Green||Denver Nuggets||15 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Green has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Austin Rivers||Denver Nuggets||17 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Illness)||Rivers was OUT in Denver’s Sunday (Jan 16) game.|
|Bol Bol||Denver Nuggets||18 Jan 2022||Out (Foot)||Bol underwent foot surgery and will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks.|
Slowing the Denver Nuggets won’t be easy for LA, especially as they are so undermanned. However, if there’s a way for the Clippers to find success against the Nuggets, they need to force a more selfish offence out of them.
In losses, Denver average 3.9 fewer assists and shoot just 31.1% from three-point range. While the Clippers are missing two of their best players, who are also two of the best defenders in the league, they still own its fifth best defence.
All eyes will be on the pair of Ivica Zubac and Serge Ibaka to keep Nikola Jokic in check. If they can prevent him from initiating the Nuggets offense, their playmaking ability drops significantly.
Nicolas Batum (32 points) Highlights vs. Indiana Pacers #NBA75 #NBAAfrica pic.twitter.com/EknnXRJQmf
— NBA Africa (@NBA_Africa) January 18, 2022
If you had only seen the first half of the Clippers’ last game against the Indiana Pacers, you’d think Nicolas Batum had no impact. However the veteran showed in the second half that he still has the presence to lead his team.
In just 20 second-half minutes, Batum scored 32 points on 11 of 13 shooting from the field and 7 of 9 shooting from three-point range.
Don’t expect Batum to be the focal point of LA’s offensive scheme. But his sharpshooting is incredibly valuable to the Clippers’ success.
The Denver Nuggets want to secure their place amongst the top of the Western Conference and thus they need to beat the Clippers in this meeting.
Without their star players available, the Clippers are a rather streaky shooting team. While LA maintain their turnover rate through wins and losses, their shooting is another story. LA shoot just 41.9% from the field and 32.9% from deep in losses, versus 47.5% and 38.5% in victories.
The Nuggets must not get sucked in by the Clippers’ penetration, and keep the Clippers’ shooters honest. If Denver can close out with control and make it difficult for LA from deep, they don’t have the scoring diversity to keep up with them.
Nikola Jokic doing MVP things on Dwight Howard ?pic.twitter.com/0orFJlm67J
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 16, 2022
No need to look beyond Nikola Jokic when the Clippers and Nuggets face off. The reigning league MVP is coming off of a brilliant game where he posted a triple-double.
Jokic posted 25 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists, in 36 minutes of play. As always, Jokic’s offensive contributions have been brilliant. However, Jokic needs support on the defensive side of the ball.
The focus of most of Denver’s opponent’s attacks, Jokic racked up 5 fouls through his team’s loss to the Utah Jazz. If Denver want to find a victory, they’ll need to take some of the defensive pressure off of Jokic.
|LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|Teams||LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Location||Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|Time||10:00 PM EST, January 19th, 2022|
|How to Watch||ESPN, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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