NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Game 7 Injury Updates, Lineup and Predictions

Published 09/15/2020, 6:30 PM EDT
LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard passes the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant and forward Torrey Craig during the second half of game five in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Denver Nuggets pulled magic in Game 6 when they reversed the 19-point deficit into a comfortable win against the Clippers. After the game, the key players from both the teams claimed they’re not under any pressure. 

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On one end, the Nuggets are 5-0 in the knockout games in this post-season. They came back from not one, but two 1-3 scares. While, on the other hand, the Clippers are looking forward to reaching their first conference finals. To find out who wins, the two best words in sports, “Game 7”, is right around the corner.

Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers: Injury Updates and Lineup

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The Denver Nuggets check on guard Jamal Murray during the second quarter against the LA Clippers in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In the Nuggets camp, small forward Vlatko Cancar is indefinitely out because of a fracture in his left foot. However, this is not a concern for the Nuggets because he has not played any game in the post-season till now. Also, Jamal Murray got hurt in game 6, but nothing is serious.

So here is the most probable lineup for the Nuggets- Gary Harris (SG), Jamal Murray (PG), Nikola Jokic (Center), Paul Millsap (PF), and Jerami Grant (SF). 

For the Clippers fans, the news is positive because there are no listed injuries for any of the players. The starting five for them might include Paul George (SG), Patrick Beverley (PG), Ivica Zubac (Center), Marcus Morris Sr. (PF), and Kawhi Leonard (SF).

Western Conference semifinal Game 7: Who Wins?

One thing is clear, the Nuggets do not have as much to lose as the Clippers have. The Clippers were 49-23 in the regular season and they will not want to settle for anything below the conference finals. For them, the win is important so they can meet the Lakers next and defeat them to prove their supremacy in the City of Angels. 

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard passes the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig and forward Paul Millsap in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the Clippers, the good thing is Kawhi Leonard and his fantastic experience with handling the game 7 pressure. He is 2-2 in game 7 in his career. His buzzer-beater three-pointer from last year’s eastern conference semi-finals is one of the best clutch shots ever.

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The Claw is scoring close to 30 points per game in the Playoffs. If he gets enough support from Playoff P, Paul George, the Clippers can become a headache for the Nuggets. But the lack of contribution from Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley can be a concern.

For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic is scoring at 52.2 FG%. He and Jamal Murray have been unbelievably good in the second half of the last two elimination games for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray had been phenomenal in Round 1, and if that spark adds up in Game 7, they hold a real chance to bring an upset. Also, have a look at this comeback from the Nuggets in the last game-

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Our prediction says that the Clippers will take this one in a very close encounter. All they will have to do is to carry that initial intensity of offense going well throughout the match.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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