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Nuggets vs Clippers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Friday, January 13th
- Betting Odds DEN -1.0, DEN -102 | LAC -119 O/U OFF
So far, the Nuggets have put together an overall record of 28-13, while going 21-19-1 vs the spread. The Nuggets entered today’s game having picked up 4 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 21.5 points.
The Nuggets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Suns by a score of 126-97. Heading into the game, they were 14 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Not only did the team win the game, but they also outscored the Suns in every quarter. In the win, Nikola Jokic led the team in scoring with 21 points on a field goal percentage of 66.7%.
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 22-21, while going 21-21-1 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Clippers are averaging 112 points per game while allowing 113. This has led to a record of 1-2.
In their previous game, the Clippers took down the Mavericks by a score of 113-101. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 0 point favorites. Los Angeles played well enough in the second half to prevent the Mavericks from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 22 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kawhi Leonard, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 75.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Nuggets averaged 111.25 points per game vs the Clippers. Just like the Nuggets, the Clippers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 107.5 points per game vs Denver. The Nuggets have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 10 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 220 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Denver is averaging 117.0 points per contest. This figure places them 5th in the league. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.4 per contest. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 1st in made field goals per game.
Defensively, Denver has had its problems giving up an average of 110.41 points per game (14th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Nikola Jokic, 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 Jokic leads the team in scoring at 24.9 points per game while Murray is 2nd at 18.4. For the season, Jokic is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and 3rd in player efficiency. Behind him, Murray has taken 17.6% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.9%.
This season, the Los Angeles offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 109.2 points per game. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.4 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Los Angeles has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 14.3 turnovers per game.
So far, the Clippers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 11th in the league at 108.39 points per contest.
Marcus Morris Sr. is expected to play a key role in Los Angeles’s scoring efforts against the Denver today, as Paul George is unavailable. George is the team’s leading scorer this season with 23.7 points per game. Morris Sr. is 2nd in scoring for the team with 13.2 points per game, which ranks him 114.0th in the NBA. In his 40 games, he has hit 43.9% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 4.8 rebounds per game.
Nuggets vs Clippers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nuggets -1.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF