In this all-Western showdown, two teams with almost identical records fighting for the 8th and last playoff spot of the conference are clashing, when the Los Angeles Clippers (22-21), looking to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (23-21), who are struggling to find their rhythm lately.
Date/Time: 01-17-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -4
Clippers have a 22-21 record (24-18-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the West. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Rockets with a 113-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Lou Williams with 23.3 ppg, adding 5 assists per game. He is followed by Blake Griffin with 22.4 ppg, adding 7.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Nuggets have a 23-21 record (20-22-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the West. They have lost four of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 105-102 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.1 ppg, followed by Nikola Jokic with 16.2 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.3 per game and in assists made, with 5.1 per game. Jamal Murray adds 15.4 ppg.
In their four meetings last season, Nuggets led the Clippers 3-1 wins and were 1-1 in Los Angeles. Clippers are 13-9 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 7-16 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 107.5 ppg to Nuggets’ 106.2, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 105.5 ppg to Clippers’ 106.7. Both teams have almost identical percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.2% and 46%, and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36% and 35.9%. Nuggets are better in rebounding, grabbing 45.1 to Clippers’ 43.4 and in assists made, with 23.4 to Clippers’ 21.5, while Clippers are better in turnovers committed (15.1 to 15.6). Clippers are coming red-hot in this game and Nuggets have been extremely weak on the road. Vegas odds give Clippers a -4 spread which they are expected to beat easily for the home victory tonight.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -4 (-112)