Two squads sitting on mirror sides of the playoff places of the West are clashing, when the second Denver Nuggets (40-18), are hosting the seventh Los Angeles Clippers (33-27), with both teams having won their last three and two games respectively and are looking to extend those winning streaks today.
Date/Time: 02-24-2019, 17:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -8.5
Denver Nuggets have a 40-18 record (31-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Mavericks with a 114-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.4 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.7 and in boards grabbed with 10.7 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.1 ppg, 4.2 boards and 5 dimes per game.
Los Angeles Clippers have a 33-27 record (33-27 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Spurs in the 7th place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Grizzlies with a 112-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Lou Williams with 19.8 ppg and a team high 5.4 dimes per game off the bench. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 18.8 ppg and 6 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Nuggets lead the Clippers 2-1 wins, having won the previous home game with a 121-100 score. Nuggets have a 25-4 home record, while the Clippers are 17-15 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 114.2 ppg to Nuggets’ 112, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107 ppg to Clippers’ 113.7. Clippers have better percentages both in field goals (47.2% to 47%) and in 3-pointers (38.6% to 35.5%). Nuggets on the other hand are better both in boards grabbed (46.6 to 45.2), in turnovers committed (12.9 to 14.1) and in dimes made (27.7 to 23.1). Nuggets have been extremely strong at home home and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -8.5 (-111)
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