Check out our free Clippers vs Nuggets pick and preview for this NBA game in Denver. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Clippers vs Nuggets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets
- Where: Denver at Ball Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds DEN -4.5, LAC +156 | DEN -194 O/U 225.0
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 21-18, while going 20-18-1 vs the spread. The Clippers come into the game in the middle of a 3 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -5.67 points per contest.
Not only did the Clippers drop their last game to the Heat. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 110-100 as 1 point underdogs. Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 18 points going into halftime. In the loss, Paul George led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 43.8%.
The Nuggets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-13. So far, the team has gone 18-19-0 against the spread. Looking back on Nuggets’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 119 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 2-1.
The Nuggets are coming off a dissappointing 124-111 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Denver was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Timberwolves by 13 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Jokic, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Clippers averaged 107.5 points per game vs the Nuggets. Just like the Clippers, the Nuggets maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 111.25 points per game vs Los Angeles. Although the Clippers have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-2, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Denver, as they averaged 111 points per game while allowing 106. Los Angeles and Denver averaged a combined 217 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 109.5 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Clippers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.0 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 26th in fields goals made per contest.
Defensively, the Clippers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 108.39 points per contest (11th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Paul George, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as George leads the team in scoring at 24.4 points per game while Morris Sr. is 2nd at 13.4. For the season, George is 20th in the NBA in usage rate and 49th in player efficiency. Behind him, Morris Sr. has taken 13.1% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.2%.
The Denver offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 6th ranked offense at 116.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.6 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 57.8% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.
On defense, the Nuggets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 14th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Center Nikola Jokic currently leads the Nuggets at 25.6 points per game. For the season, he is 32nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Jokic is averaging 10.8 boards and 9.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 24th ranked defense at defending centers. Aaron Gordon enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 32 games, he is averaging 17.1 and is 47th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Clippers vs Nuggets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nuggets -4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 225.0
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