The Clippers have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series after two straight victories. They are now 5-1 in their last 6 games and are facing once again the Nuggets in Game 5 of this Western Semifinal. Nuggets are with their backs against the wall and need to bounce back in this win-or-go-home game.
Date/Time: 09-11-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -8 Total: +216.5
LA had a 49-23 record in the regular season (41-31 ATS). They finished second in the West. They have won five of their last six matches. In their last game they won Denver in Game 4, 96-85. They were a 7.5-point favorite and managed to cover the spread.
Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring with 29.2 ppg, in rebounding with 9.8 per game and in assists made with 5.7. Paul George adds 19.4 ppg and 6.3 rebounds.
Denver had a 46-27 record in the regular season (33-36-4 ATS). They finished third in the West. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by the Clippers in game four, 85-96. They were a 7.5-point underdog and didn’t beat the odds.
Jamal Murray leads the team both in scoring with 26.5 ppg and in assists made with 6.5. Nikola Jokic follows with 25.7 ppg, 5.4 assists and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game.
LA leads Denver 5-2 wins this season.
Clippers score more points per game (116.7 to 110.6), They are also better both in boards grabbed (47.4 to 43.8) and in 3pt percentage (37.2% to 36.3%).
On the other hand, Nuggets have a better defense (109.5 to 109.9 ppg) and dish more dimes (26.1 to 23.4). They also commit fewer turnovers per game (13.6 to 14.4).
Both squads have a similar field goal percentage (47.1% to 46.9%)
Bookmakers give the Clippers a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They have their opponents on the ropes and will surely end this today in order to get as much rest as possible.
Nuggets vs Clippers Game 5 Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -8 (-110)