In the first Western Conference semifinal of this season’s NBA playoffs, the Nuggets are facing the Clippers. Denver are coming off a thrilling 7-game series against Oklahoma City. On the other hand, LA had an easier task against in the first round against Dallas. They eliminated them 4-2 wins and had two more days of rest.
Date/Time: 09-03-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -8.5 Total: +223.5
Clippers finished the regular season with a 49-23 record (41-31 ATS). They were second in the West. They have won three of their last four matches. In their last game they defeated the Mavericks in Game 6, 111-97, eliminating them 4-3 wins. They were a -9.5 favorite and covered the spread.
Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring with 32.8 ppg, in rebounding with 10.2 per game and in assists made with 5.2. Paul George adds 18.5 ppg and 6.8 rebounds.
Denver had a 46-27 record in the regular season (33-36-4 ATS). They were third in the West. They have three consecutive wins. In their last game they win they won against the Jazz in game 7, 80-78, eliminating them 4-2 wins.
Jamal Murray leads the team both in scoring with 31.6 ppg and in assists made with 6.3. He also adds 5.6 rebounds, while Nikola Jokic follows with 26.3 ppg, 5.4 assists and a team-high 8.1 rebounds.
Clippers led the Nuggets 2-1 wins in the regular season.
Clippers are better offensively (117.1 to 111.2 ppg), in 3-point percentage (37.4% to 36.5%) and in rebounding (47.6 to 44).
On the other hand, Nuggets are better defensively (109.6 to 110.4 ppg) and in field goal percentage (47.2% to 46.8%),
They also dish more assists (26.3 to 23.5) and commit fewer turnovers (13.6 to 14.4).
Bookmakers give the Clippers a -8.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the slight favorite for the win but the Nuggets will surely force a closer game than that.
Nuggets vs Clippers Game 1 Prediction: Denver Nuggets +8.5 (-108)