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Clippers open as NBA underdog vs Nuggets

Los Angeles ClippersDenver Nuggets
April 18, 9:00 PM | Pepsi Center

Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Odds

38-23TEAM RECORD34-27

Los Angeles pays a visit to Denver on Wednesday, hoping to send the Nuggets to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets sport records of 34-27 and 32-29 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Clippers sit at 38-23 and 32-28-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 29-31-1 for the Nuggets and 27-32-2 for the Clippers.

View LA Clippers vs Denver Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nuggets are listed as 2.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, with the total listed at 202.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Nuggets - Clippers odds would favor the Clippers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Denver is rated No. 19 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Clippers sit at No. 14. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 102-101 win for the Clippers.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Clippers rank No. 18 in the league with 41.8 per game. That compares with Denver’s No. 7 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Denver is the NBA’s No. 16-ranked team at 6.7 per game, while the Clippers rate No. 5 with 7.7 per contest.

Defensively, the Clippers feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.6 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 92-77 result against the Thunder on April 16. The Clippers covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 169 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Clippers got 19 points from Nick Young as Los Angeles ran past Oklahoma City 92-77 on Monday at STAPLES Center.

Denver was a 105-102 winner in its last match on the road against the Rockets. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 207 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Arron Afflalo went off for 26 points and added 3 rebounds leading Denver over Houston, 105-102, on Monday at Toyota Center.

Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few Clippers at Nuggets trends to consider:
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games when playing Denver
LA Clippers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games on the road
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Denver is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing LA Clippers
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
LA Clippers at Phoenix, Thursday, April 19
Denver at Phoenix, Saturday, April 21