During the early portion of the Los Angeles Clippers schedule, many were skeptical of the team's success and quick to point out that the Clippers had more days off and time to rest than any other team. However, as the schedule has stiffened for the Clippers, the level of play has increased, leading to the Clippers most impressive stretch of the season. The Clippers have now won four in a row with home victories over Memphis and Oklahoma City and road victories over Denver and Utah, all of whom are strong Western Conference playoff contenders.
The Clippers will look to continue their winning ways with a home contest against the same Denver Nuggets they beat just four days ago. The Clippers and Nuggets are in a virtual tie for second place in the Western Conference, as the Clippers sit at 13-6 and the Nuggets sit at 14-7. Including the loss to the Clippers on Sunday, the Nuggets are on a mini-slide, having lost their last two, dropping their most recent game, blowing a big lead and losing in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies.
In the previous matchup between the two teams, former Nugget Chauncey Billups lit up his old team, scoring 32 points. Tonight will once again be significant for Billups, as it will be his 1,000th career game in the NBA.
Clippers' Small Forward Caron Butler, who was a late scratch for Wendesday's game in Utah, is a game-time decision for tonight's game.
Tonight's game will once again by nationally televised for the Clippers, airing on TNT at 7:30pm.
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