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Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers Fly High at Pepsi Center

Chris Humphreys-US Presswire

The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers tipped off rather late Thursday night, which may turn out out to be an advantage for the Clippers.  The team is coming in playing its second game in as many nights, beating the Milwaukee Bucks last night 117-101.

As the first quarter comes to an end in this Nuggets-Clippers game, I type out my guarantee that Denver will beat LA this night and will win the season series.

Bold,  I know.  The Nuggets are hot though, going for their 12th straight home victory and seventh overall.  It’ll be tough, I know, the game will undoubtedly be back and forth, very close and if the Nuggets are blessed/cursed with the last shot, let’s hope it goes to Ty Lawson on a step-back jumper.

The Clippers are hot as well though, looking for their sixth straight road win.  Lob City will face some lobs as well and will try and control the tempo and pace of the game.  This will be easier said than done for Chris Paul and look for the fatigue to show late in the game.

The tiredness of the Clippers may not show as much though, since the game didn’t get tipped off until 9:50 p.m. local time.  I really don’t think a couple hours later for a tip-off makes that big of a difference though.

What does make a difference though is the thin air.  It doesn’t affect the jumping heights of the players, but it does affect their lungs when trying to suck in air.

I’m not only going to guarantee the Nuggets win tonight, I will guarantee that the game will be sure to excite.  With the league leaders in dunks to slam down a perfectly executed lob pass, JaVale Mcgee, Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried, and yes even Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, albeit in a losing effort for the LA players, all will look to bring down the rim.

As the game goes on, the lateness doesn’t affect me.  The occasional alley-oop and monster dunk will keep my eyes wide open.  At half the game is all tied 49-49.  Let the dunks pile up, and please Nuggets come through on my guarantee.


Joe Newsome is a Denver Nuggets contributing writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @josocah and check out his Facebook page.