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Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Odds
Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Tuesday when the Nuggets try to run the Clippers off the court at Pepsi Center in pro hoops action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Nuggets are 17-15 so far on the season, and 19-13 ATS vs. the number. The Clippers, meanwhile, are 25-6 and 20-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Denver go 17-15 and the Clippers go 17-14 on the totals.
The visitors opened this morning as 2-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 206.5 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Nuggets, currently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Clippers, who rate No. 2 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 109-101 victory for the Clippers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Denver's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 101.9 PPG, against a Clippers defense that ranks No. 4 at 92.3 PPG. The Nuggets field goal percentage has averaged 46.6% so far, less than the Clippers shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.
Defensively, the Clippers feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 93.7 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 107-96 winner as they battled the Jazz at home. The Clippers covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 203 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Caron Butler went off for 29 points and added 3 rebounds leading Los Angeles over Utah, 107-96, on Sunday at STAPLES Center.
Denver lost its last outing, an 81-72 result against the Grizzlies on December 29. The Nuggets failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 153 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Denver suffered an 81-72 loss against Memphis on Saturday, getting 12 points from Andre Iguodala in a losing effort at FedExForum.
Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Golden State are 6-4
After playing Utah are 5-5
After a win are 10-0
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
A few Clippers at Nuggets trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Clippers last 12 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Denver is 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Denver is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games
LA Clippers at Golden State, Wednesday, January 2
Denver home to Minnesota, Thursday, January 3