Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview
Denver brings a 29-18 record into this game, which has them in second place in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals a season ago, and they have the talent in place to make another run.
The LA Clippers are in second place in the Pacific Division with a record of 32-17. LA has won six of their last seven games, and they have the look of a team ready to make a deep playoff run.
The Denver Nuggets are 1.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Clippers in this Western Conference showdown.
Denver Playing Some Defense
The Denver Nuggets are allowing 111 points per game this season, but they have been much better than that in recent games. Denver has not given up more than 108 points during this three-game winning streak, but facing the Clippers will present a bigger challenge.
Denver has actually been a top-five scoring team this season, but they usually feast on some of the bad teams in the league. The addition of Aaron Gordon should help on the offensive end of the floor, but this is still Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray’s team.
Jokic leads the way with 26.8 points and 8.5 assists per game, and the offense runs through the big man. Murray is the best shooter on the roster and needs to shoot it well on Thursday.
Clippers Need More Depth
The LA Clippers have a pair of superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but this team doesn’t always get great production from the bench. LA is averaging just under 115 points per game, but the bench will play a big role in this game.
Leonard and George have combined for more than 48 points per game, and they do just about everything for this offense. Lou Williams was traded away at the trade deadline, and his absence takes away another scoring threat.
There is a toughness to this Clippers team, but at some point, they need to prove they can make enough shots to win.
Clippers Complete Small Upset
Both teams have been playing great basketball of late, and that should make for a great game on Thursday night. Don’t expect a high-scoring affair as the Nuggets and Clippers have been winning with great efforts on defense.
Denver doesn’t always score the ball really well against great teams, and that could be a problem against the Clippers. LA can score points in a hurry if they are making shots, and they should be able to outscore the Nuggets in the fourth quarter.
Playing at home gives the Clippers a slight edge, and they will come up with the big plays to win this at the end. Take the Los Angeles Clippers money line over the Denver Nuggets in this Western Conference showdown on Thursday night.
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