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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(0-0) Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers vs. (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The AventHealth Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets +335 | Clippers -375
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets +8.5 | Clippers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 223
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The first game of the second round between the LA Clippers and the Denver Nuggets tips off days after the Game 7 win by Denver over the Jazz.
The Nuggets became the 12th team in history to come back after being down 1-3 to the Jazz. The series which became an offensive clinic by Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell shifted to the two bigs – Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert in the low scoring final game of the series.
Murray and Mitchell each scored 50 points twice in the series.
Murray was the man reason the Nuggets got to Game 7, but he looked exhausted by the deciding game scoring a pedestrian 17 points. He also took a hard hit that injured his quad although he’s expected to play Thursay.
Jokic captained the team to victory with a 30 point, 14 rebound double-double. The only other double-figure scorer was Michael Porter Jr. (10).
Gary Harris’ return has added the Nuggets defense although they could still use Will Barton.
Los Angeles Clippers
Although the Clippers advanced to the second round it didn’t happen easily as the Dallas Mavericks pushed them to six games missing Kristaps Porzingis for the majority of the series.
This series will offer completely different challenges with Murray being the scorer but Jokic will be a handful for the Clippers frontcourt to contend with.
Kawhi Leonard is playing with the same prowess that won him Finals MVP last season and looks healthier. In Game 6 he led the team with a 33 point, 14 rebound double-double along with five steals.
It was the fifth consecutive game he scored 30 or more points. Perimeter scoring has been the only hitch in his game where he’s shooting under 30 percent.
Ivica Zubac (15 points/11 rebounds) chipped in with his own double-double while Paul George (15 points, nine rebounds) was one rebound short of his own.
Patrick Beverley missed the first round but is probable for Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 23-8-1 in DEN last 32 overall
- LAC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall
- The favorite is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clipprs NBA Prediction:
Based on the chippiness and physicality the Clippers played round one with they’ll likely up the ante with Beverley expected back. The Nuggets need to bring the same physicality and be willing to counter versus Leonard.
The matchups will be highly intriguing with Jokic possibly being an issue for the Clippers while Leonard will clearly get the majority of the Nuggets attention.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -8.5
The concern for the Nuggets as per usual will be defense while the Clippers have struggled to find an offensive flow. LA has the greater depth so should be the easy favorites however the bubble has produced a lot of early second round surprises.
The clubs split the last six meeting and each game was won by double-digits. Denver will likely be running on fumes having just completed their first round series while LA will be resting having just clinched on August 30th.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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