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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(0-1) Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The AventHealth Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets +365 | Clippers -410
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets +9 | Clippers -9
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
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The first game of the second round between the LA Clippers and the Denver Nuggets wasn’t close as the rested Clippers annihilated the Nuggets 120-97.
Although the Nuggets began the game well, aside from the opening frame they were outplayed in every aspect of the match.
With the Clippers up 69-51 at the half, Malone did the smart thing sitting his core for the final quarter. Four of the five starters did reach double-figures with Jokic leading the way scoring 15 points.
Paul Millsap (13), Jamal Murray (12), Jerami Grant (12), and Monte Morris (12) were the other double-figure contributors in the opening game that witnessed 13 Nuggets players get some run.
Los Angeles Clippers
Superstar Kawhi Leonard is looking very similar to the Finals MVP of 2019 with the difference being he’s fully healthy. He’s scored 29 or more points in his last seven games and is playing lockdown defense.
In-Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals he led his squad with 29 points in just under 32 minutes of playing time.
Patrick Beverley made his return to the hardwood after missing the entire first-round series and his presence had a positive impact particularly in making the offense flow more smoothly. He scored eight points and added six assists.
Paul George (19), Marcus Morris (18), Montrezl Harrell (15), and Lou Williams (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Like the Nuggets, Doc Rivers played 13 players closing the match with his reserve unit since the game was clearly in hand.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-2 in DEN last 12 games as an underdog.
- Over is 9-3 in DEN last 12 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 9-4 in LAC last 13 overall.
- Favorite is 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
- Under is 38-18 in the last 56 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clipprs NBA Prediction:
Regardless of the physical and mental exhaustion the Nuggets have big issues matching up against an extremely deep and talented Clippers squad and don’t have the benefit of time to rest and prepare.
Head Coach Mike Malone will need to get his big man Nikola Jokic and larger frontcourt actively rolling if he wants to make it a series as that’s really the only advantage the Nuggets can exploit.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -9
Ball and player movement are priorities for the Nuggets and taking advantage of the aforementioned size. There isn’t a Nuggets player who can stop Leonard so the Nuggets have to concentrate on limiting Leonard, defending everyone else, and forcing the Clippers to stop their bigs.
With the Lakers losing their opening game against the Rockets you know the Clippers are licking their lips at the prospect of another short series and more rest.
Leonard infamously told his Raptors squad last season they needed to jump on the Warriors and steal both away games so expect him to lead that charge.
***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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