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Clippers vs Nuggets NBA Game Preview

Los Angeles ClippersDenver Nuggets
Jan 1, 9:00 PM | Pepsi Center

Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Odds

25-6TEAM RECORD17-15

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.

View LA Clippers vs Denver Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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

Next up:
LA Clippers at Golden State, Wednesday, January 2
Denver home to Minnesota, Thursday, January 3