This is a very big game for the LA Clippers.
The LA Clippers face off against the Denver Nuggets in a game where both teams will be relatively healthy, and will be incredibly important for the Clippers. Both teams will be missing a key frontcourt player.
The Clippers will continue missing the services of Ivica Zubac with a right calf strain. Brandon Boston Jr. and Jason Preston will also both be out due to G League assignments. Missing Ivica Zubac will be huge for the Clippers since his interior presence is a massive defensive anchor for the team. Without Zubac, the Sacramento Kings scored 88 points in the paint against the Clippers.
The Denver Nuggets are coming off of a second night of a back-to-back where they were blown out by the Memphis Grizzlies. As such, Aaron Gordon is out with a left rib contusion, Zeke Nnaji is out with a right shoulder sprain, and Collin Gillespie is out with a right lower leg fracture. Jamal Murray is probable with right foot inflammation, Michael Porter Jr. is probable with left heel strain injury management, and Christian Braun is probable with a left thumb contusion.
Missing Aaron Gordon is huge for the Nuggets, but the team still has its big gun Nikola Jokic, while the Clippers are missing their best interior defender. The Denver Nuggets have absolutely owned the LA Clippers, defeating them for five straight games and eight of the last nine games.
It’s incredibly important for the Clippers to win this game, especially with both the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns losing today. If the LA Clippers defeat the Denver Nugget, they will finish the night as the 4th seed.