The short-handed LA Clippers will return home for a post-Thanksgiving matchup against the Denver Nuggets.
Where: Crypto.com Arena
When: 7:30 PM PT
How to Watch: Clippervision, KTLA, NBA TV
Projected Starting Lineups
Clippers: Reggie Jackson – Terance Mann – Amir Coffey – Marcus Morris – Ivica Zubac
Nuggets: Bruce Brown – Jamal Murray – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Aaron Gordon – Nikola Jokic
Clippers: Paul George out (right hamstring), Kawhi Leonard out (right ankle), Luke Kennard out (right calf), Brandon Boston (G League Assignment), Jason Preston (G League Assignment), Moussa Diabate (G League Assignment).
Nuggets: Nikola Jokic probable (return to competition reconditioning), Michael Porter Jr questionable (heel), Ish Smith questionable (calf), Jeff Green out (knee contusion), Bones Hyland out (illness).
The Big Picture
Just when it seemed like the Clippers were getting healthy and getting things back on track, they got hit with shades of last season with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George being placed on the injured list.
The good thing for the Clippers is that they’re used to this and they might be a little better prepared roster wise. There was no Norman Powell last season. Powell has seemingly picked things up and settled into his role on the team. There was no John Wall last season. Wall has electrified the Clippers offense by pushing the pace every chance he gets, and dishing out assists in transition.
This team is still a top-two defensive team, and the absence of Leonard and George shouldn’t affect that too much, just like it didn’t last season. Reggie Jackson has started to round into form. Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors was going to be tough regardless.
While it is not ideal, this is a team with a coach who has gotten used to playing without their top two stars. They’ve surprised teams at home before, including these same Nuggets last season when they came back from a 25-point deficit to win without Leonard and George.
The Denver Nuggets come to town 11-7 and second in the Western Conference standings. They’ve gotten Jamal Murray back after his recovery from a torn ACL, though they’ve been mired by injuries and a COVID outbreak.
Nikola Jokic was out recently, as he was placed in league health and safety protocols, but he should be back in the lineup for the Clipper game.
The Nuggets have been a solid offensive team this season, but they’re near the bottom half of the league in opponents points per game and defensive rating. The Clippers offense when one of their stars has sat this season has been at times atrocious. They will be able to score against this Nuggets team though if they can string together any semblance of a consistent offense at least for one game.
Just like much of last season, it’s going to take a complete team game with contributions from everyone in the rotation if the Clippers want to steal a win.