LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions

by | Mar 22, 2022 | nba

Los Angeles Clippers (36-37 SU, 35-37-1 ATS) vs. Denver Nuggets (42-30 SU, 33-39-0 ATS)

When: Tuesday March 22 2022, 10:00 PM (ET)

Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado

TV: BSSC

Point Spread: LAC +6.5/DEN -6.5 (Opened DEN -6.5 at Everygame - Check out their 200% bonus on your first deposit of $25!)

Total: 220.5 (Opened at 219.5)

Money Line: LA Clippers 210/Denver -260

Power Rating: DEN -4

Probable Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Clippers PG Reggie Jackson, SG Amir Coffey, SF Nicolas Batum, PF Marcus Morris, C Ivica Zubac

Denver Nuggets PG Monte Morris, SG Will Barton, SF Aaron Gordon, PF Jeff Green, C Nikola Jokic

Key Injuries

Los Angeles Clippers
Jason Preston: Foot (OUT)
Paul George: Elbow (OUT)
Norman Powell: Foot (OUT)
Jay Scrubb: Toe (OUT)
Kawhi Leonard: Knee (OUT)

Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr.: Back (OUT)
Vlatko Cancar: Foot (OUT)
JaMychal Green: Hip (PROBABLE)
Zeke Nnaji: Knee (OUT)

The Denver Nuggets host the Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 10:00 PM ET at the Ball Arena.

Recent Form

The Los Angeles Clippers come into this game with an overall record of 36-37, placing them 8th in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, Los Angeles has struggled in their 38 road contests, sitting at 16-22. Over the Clippers’ last five games, they have picked up just 1 win. In this stretch, Los Angeles’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 103.0 points per game. Combined, the Clippers’ last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. A key reason for Los Angeles’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 112.0 points over their previous five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 107.9. In the Los Angeles Clippers’ most recent game, the team fell to Utah by a score of 121-92.

The Denver Nuggets come into this game with an overall record of 42-30, placing them 6th in the Western Conference. So far, Denver is above .500 at home, holding a record of 20-14. Over the Nuggets’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. During this stretch, Denver is averaging 115.0 points per game, 4.0 points more than their season average of 111.3. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 107.0 points per contest. A key reason for the Nuggets’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 118.0 points over their last five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 108.9. In the Denver Nuggets’ most recent game, the team fell to Boston by a score of 124-104.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Los Angeles travels to take on the Denver Nuggets, the Clippers’ will be relying on Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris to carry the scoring load. As they get set to take on the Nuggets, they could be in line for a big game as Denver is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 52.73% of their games. This figure places them 22nd among NBA defenses. On the other side, Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets in scoring, averaging 26 points across his 65 games. Throughout the season, Jokic has outscored his season average in 42.0% of his outings. Given that Los Angeles’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Nikola Jokic should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Clippers have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 57.14% of their games, giving them a rank of 28th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

The Nuggets come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 110.4 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Denver is winning at a rate of 66%. These wins are coming by an average margin of 14.0 points. On the other side, the Clippers hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 25 games as the better defensive team, picking up 14 wins.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets have met up for 3 games. In their last meeting, Denver picked up a 130-128 win.

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How the Public is Betting the Clippers vs Nuggets

67% are betting the Nuggets against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 219.5

 

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Clippers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
  • Clippers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Nuggets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
  • Nuggets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a home favorite.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Tonight’s matchup between Denver and Los Angeles features the 6th and 8th seeded teams in the Western Conference. Even though the Clippers have a firm grip on the 8th seed, they are looking to pick up their play down the stretch. Over their last 10 games, they have just 4 wins, including a 3 game losing streak. On the other side, the Nuggets will also be looking to snap a two-game skid. With a spread at 6.5 points in favor of Denver, I like the Nuggets to pick up the road win and cover the spread. Bet your LAC/Den pick and ALL your NBA wagers for FREE this week by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at Betnow Sportsbook! It’s the biggest real cash bonus you’ll ever find from a legit online sportsbook!