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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-16) Denver Nuggets vs. LA Clippers (17-15)
Date: Sunday, December 26th
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets +131 | Clippers -161 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
Sunday, December 26th finds the Denver Nuggets facing the LA Clippers in their first meeting this season. The squads will play three more times – – once in LA on January 11th and twice in Denver on January 19th and March 22nd.
LA last played Wednesday defeating the Kings 105-89 to end a three-game losing streak while the Nuggets lost 107-115 to the Hornets.
Last season, the teams played three times with the Nuggets taking two of the three contests. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having bested the Clippers in 99 or their 181 matches.
The break for Nikola Jokic was likely a welcome respite as his shoulders must be aching from carrying this Nuggets squad and trying to navigate all the injuries the team has dealt with.
While Denver has done well to hover around .500 missing two of the team’s main scoring threats amid a myriad of ongoing injuries has been rough.
Jokic did everything to will the Nuggets to victory versus the Hornets dropping a massive double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds plus five assists, and a steal.
Facundo Campazzo scored 12 points, the quartet of Will Barton, Jeff Green, Vlatco Cancar, and Zeke Nnaji each scored 11 points, while JaMychal Green chipped in 10 points.
It was one of the worst losses of the season for the Nuggets who led by as many as 19 points and allowed the Hornets to make a late comeback and steal the game. ‘
The Nuggets only have one active player (Bol Bol) in quarantine and he’s listed as questionable for Sunday as is Aaron Gordon who is nursing a sore hamstring.
Markus Howard (knee) is out an undetermined amount of time while Jamal Murry (ACL) is rehabbing while PJ Dozier (ACL), and Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery plus he’s in health and safety protocols) are expected to miss the rest of the season.
Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 19 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists versus the shorthanded Kings. George and Serge Ibaka each scored 17, while Terance Mann (13), and Ivica Zubac (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
Things were already dire in LA with Kawhi Leonard out rehabbing from a torn ACL. Paul George and Reggie Jackson were trying to carry the team and keep them in the mix until their superstar could return.
Just as George returned from a five-game absence due to a contused elbow the team lost Marcus Morris Sr. (Dec. 18) and Reggie Jackson (Dec. 22) to health and safety protocols.
Now the news gets worse as reports on Christmas Day updated George has a torn ligament in his elbow and will be out indefinitely. Jackson and Morris plus Isaiah Hartenstein (ankle) and Jason Preston (foot) were all downgraded to being out Sunday.
Luke Kennard (hip) was upgraded to probable versus Denver.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 6-4 in their last 10 head to head contests
- The Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over Under is 1-8-1 in the team’s last 10 head to head matchups
- The Clippers are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The Nuggets are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA’s last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of Denver’s last 16 games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
With the Clippers reeling and likely emotionally shaken given the Paul George news combined with the Nuggets needing to rebound from an embarrassing loss look for Denver to jump on LA right from the tip.
The odds are head-scratching given the injury update and frankly unless Jokic wasn’t playing I’m shocked the Clippers are the favorite.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets +3.5
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