Nuggets at Clippers: Clippers (-320), Nuggets (+260)
Back in familiar territory, the Nuggets will try to win their second consecutive series after trailing three games to one. It means the Nuggets have played 13 games in the playoffs, and five of them have been elimination games.
Big man Nikola Jokic has averaged 28 points over the past five games following his 15-point effort in Game 1. His best effort came in Game 6 when he had 34 points on 13-of-22 shooting (59.1 percent). He was also 4 of 6 from 3-point range with his inside-out play causing defensive matchup issues for the Clippers.
Not only have the Nuggets come back from a 3-1 hole to force a Game 7, but they overcame a 16-point deficit in Game 5 and a 19-point deficit in Game 6 in order to keep their season alive.
Los Angeles Clippers
Adept at building big leads early, the Clippers have one more chance to show they can also provide a finishing touch, otherwise their season will end much earlier than they expected.
After the Clippers built a 19-point lead early in the third quarter Sunday, the Nuggets hit the gas pedal by getting aggressive on offense and defense. One sign of just how aggressive they were: Denver took 16 third-quarter free throws to six by the Clippers.
Paul George had 33 points and Kawhi Leonard had 25, but defensive standout Patrick Beverley fouled out after just 17:37 of court time. George has been called four 14 fouls in the past three games, which head coach Doc Rivers expressed as an area of concern.
Nuggets at Clippers Betting Pick for Game 7
The best player on the court is still Leonard, who showed last year that he knows how to get his team over the top in a hard-fought playoff series.
The Nuggets have earned a Game 7, while the Clippers have landed here mostly because of inconsistent play from their second unit featuring Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.
Nuggets at Clippers Betting Pick: Clippers 103, Nuggets 99
Nuggets at Clippers Best Bet for Game 7
The Nuggets have managed to get the series on their terms and know they can win a close one or come off the pace if necessary. Expect a bruising game in which the Nuggets manage to stay close, even if they don’t win it outright.
Nuggets at Clippers Best Bet: Nuggets +7.5/UNDER 208.5 (+230)
–Field Level Media