Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Prediction
The Ball Arena in Denver, Colo., will host the clash between Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers this Wednesday. The two Western Conference giants haven’t had the best of the season as they had expected. Denver Nuggets is coming is off a defeat in their last game Utah Jazz, they are currently 6th in the points table with 22 wins and 20 defeats.
Clipper on the other hand after two back-to-back defeats were successful in pulling out a win in their last game against the Indiana Pacers. With 22 victories and 23 defeats, they currently rank 8th in the conference.
Both the teams on Wednesday night will be fighting for the same objective in the Western Conference standings as they face each other for the third time this season. In the first two games both the teams picked one win each. Going in the game, it will be Denver Nuggets who will be starting as home favorites.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Prediction: Match Odds
The home team comes to the game against the Californians after a tough defeat against the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets made an important comeback in the third quarter of the game, after losing its first two periods. But, by the end of the fourth quarter, their rivals had an impressive run and took the win to Utah after a 125-102 victory.
The Californians arrive in Colorado coming from a negative 1-2 record. Playing away from the Crypto.com Arena, the team lost to New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs, while beat the Pacers at home in the last game.
As mentioned before, this is the third time Clippers and Nuggets play against each other this season and the record is tied, so far. On Dec. 26, the squad from Colorado beat their opponents playing in Los Angeles by 103-100, while last week the Clippers beat the Nuggets by 87-85 at the same Crypto.com Arena.
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|Smarkets||Odds: 1.29||Odds: 2.98||Denver Nuggets|
|Oddsshark||Spread: -6 (-109)||Spread: +6 (-109)||Denver Nuggets|
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Prediction: Game Analysis
The defeat against the Jazz last Sunday was a tough loss for the Nuggets. The team had the chance to beat one of the best teams in the Western Conference and continue a winning streak playing at home. But, the Coloradoans were not capable of containing the best offense in the league, especially in the last quarter, when their opponents made an impressive run and got the victory.
Another bad point related to the game against the Jazz was the fact the home team was not able to continue their positive points average. In the two games before the match against the squad from Utah, the Nuggets scored more than 130 points in both games. But, against the Jazz, the Nuggets scored just 102 points.
Last Sunday, Nikola Jokic, Nuggets’ center, had another amazing game and keep his run as one of the candidates for MVP this season. The Serbian scored 25 points, gave 12 assists and got 15 rebounds. Aaron Gordon, Nuggets’ power-forward, also had a good match, as he scored 20 points, gave six assists and got seven rebounds.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Prediction: Denver Nuggets Injuries
Jamal Murray – Knee Injury
P.J. Dozier – Knee Injury
Michael Porter Jr. – Back Injury
Vlatko Cancar – Foot Injury
Despite their last win, the Clippers come to the Ball Arena after a negative sequence in their last 10 matches and a win would be important for the Californians due to their negative road record. They currently occupy the ninth position in the Western Conference standings with a 13-19 conference record.
The games against Pelicans and the Spurs were not positive for the Californians, as they lost both games with bad performances. For example, in the game against the Pelicans, the Clippers could not score more than 90 points against one of the worst defenses in the league and a squad who sit in one of the lowest positions in the Western standings.
Nicolas Batum, Clippers’ point-forward, had the best individual numbers in the win against the Indiana Pacers. Batum scored 32 points, gave three assists and got five rebounds in the 139-133 victory.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Prediction: LA Clippers Injuries
Kawhi Leonard – Knee Injury
Jason Preston – Foot Injury
Paul George – Elbow Injury
Luke Kennard – NBA health and safety protocols
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Prediction: Game Prediction
The last two games between Nuggets and Clippers were very close and this tends to be the situation once again this Wednesday. Even though the Nuggets are strong playing at home, 11-8 home record, they come from a tough defeat against one of the best teams in the league and this can influence their performance.
On the other side, despite the fact the Clippers have a poor record playing away from the Crypto.com Arena, a positive result against the Indiana Pacers could motivate the players to get an important win away from home. Choosing a winner in this game is a very difficult task, the fact the Nuggets are a strong team playing at home make them the favorites for Wednesday’s match.