The Denver Nuggets look for a win over the Los Angeles Clippers in a competitive Western Conference matchup. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets enter Monday night's game with a record of 11-6 after going 5-5 in their last 10 games. Denver's prized superstar has been hit with a murky injury update ahead of the game.
The Nuggets could face the Clippers without Nikola Jokic
Jokic is questionable for Monday night's game with low back pain, per the NBA's injury report. The Nuggets will also be without the services of Aaron Gordon, who is nursing a right heel strain.
If Jokic cannot play, Denver has the tall task of keeping their offense afloat against a hungry Clippers team. Los Angeles went on a several-game losing streak after trading for James Harden, but they are 4-6 in their last 10 contests.
Nikola Jokic has been excellent in the first part of the 2023-24 season. The perennial MVP candidate averages 28.8 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game through 17 games. His potential absence would be a big blow for Denver, but it does not completely spell their doom.
Denver will look for Michael Porter Jr. to pick up more of the offensive load. Porter Jr. has impressed with his 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. In addition, Christian Braun has significantly improved after his rookie season. The 22-year-old should provide a much-needed spark off the bench.
The Nuggets travel to Los Angeles fresh off a 132-120 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, the Clippers come off an impressive 108-77 win over Luka Doncic and the Mavs. Which team's depth will shine brighter in this Western Conference rivalry?