The Best of the Day preview muscles into the paint with NBA Playoffs tips for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-finals between the Clippers and Nuggets.

NBA Playoffs Tips – Los Angeles Clippers V Denver Nuggets

11:00 (AEST) @ AdventHealth Arena, Orlando

History: Played 189: Nuggets 101 V Clippers 88

Last meeting: September 13, 2020: Nuggets 111 d Clippers 98 at AdventHealth Arena

Final thoughts: Against the odds, Denver Nuggets have forced the second-seeded LA Clippers into a Game 7. The Best of the Day preview breaks down the series to date and the decider.

The rivals split the opening two games: the Clippers cruised to a 120-97 Game 1 win before the Nuggets bounced back 110-101 in Game 2.

But the Clippers took a stranglehold on the series by winning the next two games. Kawhi Leonard (23 pts, 14 reb, 6 ast) and a rejuvenated Paul George (32 pts) spearheaded a 113-107 result in Game 3. Leonard (30 pts, 11 reb, 9 ast, 4 stl) dominated Game 4, a 96-85 victory.

Denver stayed alive with a superb Game 5 comeback, however. Trailing by 12 at halftime, rallied to a 111-105 upset. Jamal Murray – well-contained by Patrick Beverley in this series after shattering records in the first round – had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Still 8.5-point underdogs for Game 6, the Nuggets powered to another series-saving comeback victory. They trailed by 16 at halftime this time but surged to an emphatic 111-98 result. Jokic, magnificent throughout this series, boosted his averages further with 34 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists.

Leonard (36 and 25 pts) and George (26 and 33 pts) were strong in the two most recent losses. But Clippers standouts have otherwise been hard to come by. Their usually prolific bench has been a frequent disappointment is these playoffs.

The expert consensus is Leonard and George should lift the Clippers to the win and a seemingly inevitable Western Conference Finals showdown Lakers.

But that has been the case for the last two games. The plucky Nuggets are outstanding Best of the Day value as underdogs, especially with another big start.

Tip: Handicap – Nuggets +7.5 @ $1.90