This is it. It took seven games against the Utah Jazz after a lackluster start to the series, and the Denver Nuggets now find themselves in the exact same situation.
The Nuggets are now facing a record-breaking fourth seven-game series in a row, this time against the Los Angeles Clippers. The winner will punch their tickets to the Western Conference Finals. Nuggets vs. Clippers Game 7 is at 7 pm MST on ESPN.
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Denver opened up at +7 underdogs and now stand at +7.5 at BetRivers Sportsbook. The over/under for this game is set at 207.5, and Denver is looking at +260 on the Moneyline. This is the lowest point total of the entire series.
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This series has been nothing short of incredible, impressive, and full of drama. Denver has fought back against the team who many are picking to win the NBA Finals, down from 3-1 and now tied at 3-3. Towards the end of Game 6, Doc Rivers took his stars off the court with a couple of minutes to go, realizing there was no comeback in the cards as Denver forced a Game 7. Torrey Craig started the run minutes before hitting a wide-open three (something we’ve been struggling to do), and Jokic only added to that momentum.
One of the biggest factors in Game 7 is going to be Jamal Murray. He took a knock after Paul George landed evidently on his groin, and Murray had to sit out a few minutes; however, he managed to fight through the pain and resume play. His fitness is going to be absolutely crucial, even if he isn’t having an unbelievable scoring game, Denver is going to need him at 100% for this one.
In addition to a healthy Murray, players like MPJ, Torrey Craig, or Jerami Grant are going to need to produce on offense. While the Clippers haven’t found a way to stop Jokic, they have made life awful hard on Jamal Murray, so Denver is going to have to have other scorers to look to throughout the game.
Just like Game 7 against the Jazz, this is going to come down to execution, energy on both ends of the ball, and who wants it more. The Nuggets have clawed their way back in this series, have regained momentum along with confidence in the team’s identity, so this is going go to be one hell of a game. All I can say is, where there’s a will there’s a way.