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The Denver Nuggets face off against the Los Angeles Clippers in one of their biggest games so far this season.
Where: Staples Center- Los Angeles, California
When: 8:30 p.m. MST
Watch/Listen: ESPN-Altitude Sports and Entertainment-Altitude Sports Radio AM 950
The Nuggets have suddenly found themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race and are looking to climb back to the top of the standings. The red hot Clippers have caught up to the Nuggets and are now just a half game behind the Nuggets for the eighth spot in the West. With a record of 22-21, the Clippers have won 11 of their last 15 games and are in the mist of a five game winning streak.
After the crazy news broke of a potential fight between the Clippers and Rockets after their game on Monday night, there’s no news as to whether any players will be suspended for Wednesday nights game. With an investigation possibly taking a little longer, potentially no one will be suspended on the Clippers for Wednesday nights game against the Nuggets, but it could force problems for the Clips in the long term if long suspensions do come down.
The NBA's investigation into the Clippers-Rockets tomfoolery began late Monday night and continues into today, league sources tell ESPN. There will be no shortage of punished individuals.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2018
The Clippers are led on offense by Lou Williams who averages 23.3 points per game and has been a revelation for the Clippers offensively. Ever since the middle of December, Williams has been lighting up the NBA and has been arguably the best player in the league since last month.
— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) January 16, 2018
Williams wil be a tough man to stop for the Nuggets as he can create his own shot anywhere on the court and is a true sharpshooter. Blake Griffin will also be a tough man to stop as he averaging 22.4 points per game and also chips in over seven rebounds per game. Griffin was at the core of the Clippers/Rockets scuffle and is a high energy guy whenever he’s on the court.
DeAndre Jordan has missed the last few games with an ankle injury, but could possibly return for the Clippers against the Nuggets on Wednesday night. Jordan is a force in the post and is averaging 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds, and one block per game. If Jordan plays, it could potentially be a tough match-up for Nikola Jokic, who feasted against a weak Mavericks front court on Tuesday night.
This game will be the Nuggets first on ESPN this season and will be a chance for the Nuggets to showcase their skills on a big stage. With the playoff implications and it being a nationally televised game, hopefully that gives the Nuggets some extra motivation needed on the second night of a back to back. Gary Harris still leads the Nuggets offensively with 16.9 points per game and is currently on a great stretch defensively as he’s had six steals in his last two games. Harris would match up against Lou Williams whenever the two are on the court at the same time and the Nuggets will need a big game from Harris defensively to slow down one of the hottest players in the league.
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