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The Denver Nuggets are back at the Ball Arena for their second game of the season, this time against the Los Angeles Clippers in the last game on Christmas Day. Of course, these teams know each other well after Denver won their second round with a 3-1 comeback Each team made some roster and trainer adjustments in the off-season, but the core players in this series have largely remained

Los Angeles opened the season with a win over defending champions Lakers 116-109 behind 33 points from Paul George and 26 from Kawhi Leonard They looked good and will certainly try to take the blown 3-1 lead tonight against the Nuggets to leave behind

Meanwhile, much of Denver is still shocked by the loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday Nikola Jokic looked like he would this year with 29 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assist triple-doubles and Michael Porter Jr scored 24 points on the small starting place The rest of the team was uninspiring, however, as the Nuggets together took their foot off the gas and let the game slip. If that happens tonight against the Clippers, it’ll be a sad Christmas in Denver

Injury Report: Jamal Murray – likely (calf), JaMychal Green – out (calf), Greg Whittington – out (knee); Marcus Morris – out (knees)

Which Jamal Murray are we getting tonight? There’s no sugar coating, the Jamal Murray was terrible on opening night – but a game is a game.We know Murray is better than that, and most importantly, he shows up on the big stage in the playoffs against the Clippers last September, Murray lay averaged at 226 points so we know he’s capable of it Are we going to see this version of Murray, the bubble phenomenon that made the leap? Or has this bubble already burst?

How will Denver keep up on scale? This is the biggest question mark left after Jerami Grant’s departure, and we’ve already seen tracks against Sacramento (like Harrison Barnes in OT) where wingers just did what they wanted to be in the playoffs against Kawhi Leonard and Grant Paul George critical, and now both he and Torrey Craig are gone, JaMychal Green is listed as out again.The Nuggets could really have problems tonight – both Leonard and George had great opening nights and I’m sure they want to prove yours Playoff loss was a coincidence Can the trio of Gary Harris, MPJ and Paul Millsap slow them down enough? We shall see

Will the banking unit perform better? To be fair, bad issues probably made Wednesday’s rotation a little more unusual than Malone probably would have liked, but the banking unit left a lot to be desired. Will Barton delivered 16 points and looked mostly fine, but the nuggets need more of the rest of the group Bank Monte Morris was MichEIN and Campazzo didn’t really get a chance to do anything Isaiah Hartenstein received four fouls in just nine minutes. It will take time, but the bench has to be a strength of this team, not a weakness

Nuggets versus Clippers, Kawhi Leonard

World news – AU – Preview: Nuggets host Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas night

Source: https://www.denverstiffs.com/2020/12/25/22199478/preview-denver-nuggets-los-angeles-clippers-christmas-day-nba-nikola-jokic-kawhi-leonard-paul-george