Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 01/12/2020 NBA Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 01/12/2020 – It’s the battle of West elites as the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Denver Nuggets for the first time this season on Sunday at the Pepsi Center. The Clippers and the Nuggets are two of the top-4 teams in the loaded Western Conference. Both seeking an edge over the other, this game will be the perfect gauging stick for these teams to determine where they are in the pecking order in the West at this point in the season. With Paul George nursing an injury, the Clippers will be coming to Mile High with extra 1.5 points as spread betting road dogs to the Nuggets.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 01/12/2020
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 01/12/2020 Betting Odds
Los Angeles Clippers Betting
The Clippers are just cruising through the season. It seems taking the No.1 spot in the West isn’t their priority. Still, their double-headed monster of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard has been as good as advertised. Add the fact their bench is the best in the league, it’s easy to say the Clippers can really take over the league if they want to. Update: Kawhi Leonard recorded 36 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, and Lou Williams added 21 off the bench to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Golden State Warriors, 109-100.
Players to Watch: Kawhi Leonard (25.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.1 APG)
Lou Williams (19.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.3 APG)
Montrezl Harrell (19.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG)
Denver Nuggets Betting
The Nuggets had a trio of hiccups against the Houston Rockets, 124-116, the Washington Wizards, 128-114, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-111, in their last six games. Still, no one should deny this team is a legitimate title contender this season. Nikola Jokic might not be playing as good as he was last year, but Jamal Murray and other players are putting up the numbers to keep Denver in the upper echelon in the West.
Players to Watch: Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 6.4 APG)
Jamal Murray (17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.8 APG)
Will Barton (14.8 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.7 APG)
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 01/12/2020 Betting Numbers
Los Angeles Clippers
LA Clippers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games.
Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George SF Hamstring is OUT Sunday vs Denver
Paul Millsap PF Knee is “?” Sunday vs LA Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Betting Picks
The Clippers would have opened as the favorites across major online betting sites if only Paul George is available for this game. Then again, this Clippers team is still loaded with weapons led by All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. Los Angeles will need another big-time performance from him if they want to score another marquee win over an elite west team.
Moneyline: The Nuggets are 7-3 against the Clippers in their last 10 games and 2-1 in their last three meetings. With George expected to sit out, it might be risky to bet on the Clippers to win straight up. However, Denver’s recent losses exposed a crack in their defense which the Clippers could capitalize on in their upcoming game. Back the Clippers to win SU.
ATS: For 3 straight games, the Clippers have failed to cover the spread. Now that they are coming in as underdogs, I believe Los Angeles will end the skid and take another ATS victory at the expense of the Nuggets.
TOTALs: The total opened at 218 points. The Nuggets have allowed at least 112 points in their four losses over the last 10 games. The Clippers have breached the century mark easily in their last 10. I pick OVER.
Score Prediction: 114 – 110 Clippers