The Denver Nuggets (14-7) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (9-10) on Wednesday, December 6th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Crypto.com Arena and televised on ESPN. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nuggets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Warriors. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Nuggets vs Clippers
The Nuggets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Denver’s most recently played the Kings and lost with a final score of 123-117. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Nuggets failed to cover the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. Before the game, the over/under line was 235.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
In their last five games, the Nuggets are 4-1 and have an overall record of 14-7. At home, the Nuggets are 9-0 compared to 5-7 on the road.
Denver currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 8-12 at this point. During this season, Denver has a 7-11 record against the spread as favorites and 1-1 as underdogs.
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers won vs. the Warriors in their most recent game, ending with a score of 113-112. The Clippers were favored by -5 heading into the game, but their 1 point victory failed to cover the spread. Considering the over/under, the total of 225 points fell short of the set over/under line of 229.5.
If the Clippers can beat the Nuggets, they will have a .500 record overall. Looking at their current season record of 9-10, the Clippers are 9th in the Western Conference and 4th in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles comes in with an overall ATS record of 7-12 so far this season. This season, Los Angeles has a 6-8 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 1-4 when playing as underdogs.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
Through 21 games games, Denver is averaging 114.5 points per game (14th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97 per contest. Although the Nuggets have a current effective field goal percentage of 55%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Clippers come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 112.9 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 98.2 per contest. Right now, the Clippers offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 19th in effective field goal percentage.
Nuggets Team Defense
So far this season, the Nuggets defense has been performing well, ranking 7th in the NBA at 110.4 points allowed per contest.
Opponents are hitting 52.6% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.1% of their three-point attempts.
Clippers Team Defense
The Clippers’ defense is presently ranked 5th in the league, allowing an average of 109.7 points per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the Clippers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.4% and allowing 34.5% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Nuggets And Clippers
In today’s game, we anticipate Nikola Jokic leading the scoring for the Nuggets, contributing 19 points while shooting 7/12 from the field. This season, he is averaging 28.9 points per game along with 12.8 boards.
As for Los Angeles, Paul George is projected to be the primary scorer for the Clippers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 18, and adding 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.3% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23.5 points per game.
Nuggets vs Clippers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Denver has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 110 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Los Angeles has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 117 points per game while allowing 109. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- Through their last three games as the underdog, the Nuggets have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
- Against the spread, the Clippers have put together of 2-3 in their last five games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 3-2 straight up.
We’re calling a win for the Clippers, with a final score of 111-109, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Clippers at -1.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 225.5, and our model predicts the Nuggets and Clippers to score a combined 220 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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