LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Clippers and Nuggets have just 1.5 games between them in the Western Conference table.
- The season series is 1-1.
- Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard is coming off of a 39 point outing.
LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|LA Clippers||-5.5 -110||O 228.5 -110||-244|
|Denver Nuggets||+5.5 -110||U228.5 -110||+195|
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LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions and Picks
Even though the Nuggets are limiting their players’ minutes, their contributions as a team have been fantastic. Considering the Clippers will be missing some key pieces, we see the game going in the Nuggets’ favor.
Denver Nuggets def. LA Clippers +195
How to Watch LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets
|LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|What||LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets|
|Where||AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, August 12th, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Altitude; AM 570 LA Sports, KKSE 92.5FM/950AM|
Head-to-Head: LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets
|LA Clippers||Head-to-Head||Denver Nuggets|
|Doc Rivers||Head Coach||Mike Malone|
|47-23 (2nd in West, 4th Overall)||Standing||46-25 (3rd in West, 6th Overall)|
|114.0 (2nd of 30)||Off Rtg||113.2 (6th of 30)|
|107.8 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||110.7 (16th of 30)|
|101.6 (8th of 30)||Pace||97.1 (29th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Leonard (27.1)||PPG||N. Jokic (20.2)|
|I. Zubac (7.5)||RPG||N. Jokic (9.9)|
|L. Williams (5.6)||APG||N. Jokic (7.0)|
|K. Leonard (1.8)||SPG||G. Harris (1.4)|
|M. Harrell (1.1)||BPG||J. Grant (0.8)|
|J. Motley (.733)/K. Leonard (9.3)||FG%/FGM||M. Plumlee (.615)/N. Jokic (7.8)|
|R. Jackson (.434)/P. George (3.3)||3P%/3PM||B. Bol (.500)/T-Barton, Murray (1.9)|
LA Must Protect the Paint
10 up, 10 down. @ivicazubac had a perfect night.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 7, 2020
The LA Clippers are a solid defensive team, but at times they can struggle to manage the glass. The Clippers allow their opponents 10.6 offensive rebounds per game, despite being third overall in defensive rebounds.
It’s a testament to their perimeter defense that they can force so many rebounding opportunities. However, in their loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Clippers were outrebounded 39 to 46.
Ivica Zubac collected 15 rebounds, but nobody else chipped in enough to make an impact. Against big men like Jokic, Plumlee, and Grant, the Clippers need a concentrated team effort to win the rebounding battle.
Denver’s Reserves Are No Joke
Bol Bol looking like a 7’2″ point guard 😳 pic.twitter.com/YkGyeyghEW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 11, 2020
The Denver Nuggets are ranked third in the Western Conference, but it isn’t impossible for them to climb up to the second place. While their results have been mixed, the all-around play of their roster has been simply brilliant.
In their recent three-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach Mike Malone chose to give players an equal opportunity on the court. Ten players saw time and each played over 20 minutes in the game. Of the ten that played, eight scored in double digits.
We expect to see the same minutes distribution in this match, with a bit more focus on the starters as the Nuggets fight for second place. When Denver’s reserves come in, head coach Mike Malone should foresee little production drop-off.
Clippers Key Player: (G) Landry Shamet
Landry Shamet is meant to be one of the Clippers’ snipers from the perimeter, providing relief for offensive talents like Lou Williams, Paul George, and of course Kawhi Leonard.
Over the course of his six games in the NBA bubble, Shamet has shot a paltry 21.4% from three-point range. A 40.2% shooter from three for his career, Shamet is very much underachieving.
Shamet has only shot above the league average from three two times in the bubble. Finding his range will be crucial, as he offers little else when he’s on the court.
Nuggets Key Player: (G) Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray has sat out a number of games and he’s gotten the chance to find his rhythm. In two games back Murray has averaged a respectable 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists on 45.7% shooting from the field.
If there’s anywhere Murray can improve, it is on his three-point shooting. He was liberal shooting in his first game, but a bit more reserved in his second game. So far he’s shot 20% from deep on five attempts per game.
Murray probably won’t see the court for a significant amount of time, but he’ll surely be active while he is on the floor. Finding a rhythm from deep seems to be the last piece of the puzzle for him before heading into the playoffs.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.