Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers Prediction & Match Preview – October 4th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets will meet at the Staples Center on Monday for a 2021-22 NBA preseason game.
The two teams have a history dating back to the 2020 NBA Playoffs. With Denver rebounding from 3-1 in the series, the Clippers have a lot to do to redeem themselves.
With both franchises with Superstars with injuries or a high usage rate, the Clippers and Nuggets can use this game to test their rotating pieces.
Fixture – Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers | NBA Preseason 2021-22
Date & Time – Monday, October 4th, 10:30 PM ET (Tuesday, October 5th, 8:00 AM IST)
Venue – Staples Center, Los Angeles CA.
LA Clippers Preview
The LA Clippers enter the 2021-22 NBA season in a state of flux. With his superstar Kawhi Leonard suffering a horrible knee injury in the 2021 NBA playoffs, he has been out of the game for much of the 2021-22 campaign.
While that greatly affects the Clippers’ title chances, their other superstar, Paul George, will have to step up in the absence of Leonard.
Other key players like Reggie Jackson and Terance Mann will also look to prove themselves to the team, as the Clippers hope to stay competitive in the regular season.
While Leonard’s recovery schedule is unknown, he could return at the end of the season as he is reportedly recovering faster than usual after his surgery.
The superstar appears to be on the mend and is on the mend day by day. But the general recovery period from ACL surgery is around 8 to 9 months.
While the Clippers didn’t make many roster changes this offseason, the Clippers may not have many of their superstars in the preseason. Tyronn Lue is still unclear on the lineup heading into the game. But it seems likely that Paul George will be left out, given the high usage rate he will face during the regular season.
Denver Nuggets preview
The Denver Nuggets have one of the deadliest starting lineups, at least on paper. With Nikola Jokic, the reigning MVP at the helm of the team, Denver has surrounded him with players like Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon to play off the ball. However, Jamal Murray remains an external threat.
Sidelined with injury, Murray is expected to miss most of the season, if not the entire season. His ability to score and shoot opened up a lot of possibilities for the Denver Nuggets.
The trio of Jokic, Gordon and Porter Jr. in the frontcourt looks pretty solid, especially when paired with Will Barton’s skills. So we may not see most of these players in the Denver Nuggets’ preseason opener.
Nikola Jokic will miss the preseason opener against the Clippers. Mike Malone expects his superstar to rejoin the Denver Nuggets in the next few days.
Another face we may not see in the preseason opener is Michael Porter Jr. As the NBA continues to move toward vaccinating 100% of all teams, Porter Jr. maintains his stance of not being vaccinated. That could lead to him missing more games for the Denver Nuggets.
Nuggets vs Clippers match prediction
With both teams missing key players for their first preseason game, the game can turn out to be fairly balanced. However, with factors like chemistry and depth likely to affect the flow of the game, the Denver Nuggets could walk away with a win.
The Clippers have a degree of depth on the roster, with their newest additions, Eric Bledsoe and Justice Winslow. But it may take time to adjust and acclimate before contributing effectively to the team.
Where to watch the Nuggets vs Clippers game?
The Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers game will have local coverage on Bally Sports SoCal. The game can also be streamed with an NBA League Pass account.