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2020 NBA Handicapping
(1-0) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets (0-1)
Date: Friday, December 25
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -135 | Nuggets +125
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -2.5 | Nuggets +2.5
NBA Betting Total: 224
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The final game of the Christmas Day slate features a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Clippers taking two of the three games but the Nuggets got the better of LA in the playoffs coming back from 1-3 to win the series. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having won 97 matches of the 178 played.
Los Angeles Clippers
For the second year in a row the Clippers defeated the Lakers on opening night. Last year, they were considered the preeminent title favorites and that win only served to enhance that belief.
This season they are not the definitive title favorite and most aren’t reading too much into opening night. Ty Lue might be the lone dissenting vote in that regard as it marked his first win as the new head coach of the team.
And while this crew knows nothing matters until the playoffs they’ll enter this match with a strong desire to send the club who knocked them out of the second round a message.
In the win over the Lakers the superstars shined. Paul George led the way with 33 point and six rebounds while Kawhi Leonard adding 26 points. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points in his debut with the club.
Ivica Zubac (11), Lou Williams (11) and Patrick Beverley (10) were the other double figure contributors.
Marcuc Morris (knee) and Jay Scrubb (foot) are expected to be out again.
Denver underwent offeason roster changes with the hopes those tweaks will propel them further this season.
One major addition was former Clipper, JaMychal Green added to offset the loss of Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee.
In their seaon opener the superstars had differing nights with Jamal Murray struggling to score nine points. But Nikola Jokic was spectacular registering a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 15 rebounds.
Michael Poter Jr. will get an increased role as a sophomore and made a big first impression with 24 points. Paul Millsap and Will Barton each pitched in 16 points while Gary Harris added 10 points.
Murray’s off night is partially due to a sore calf that might force him out of this match although he’s listed as probable. JaMychal Green (calf) and Greg Whittington (knee) are expected to be out once again.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1-2 in LAC last 9 overall
- Over is 15-5-2 in DEN last 22 home games
- Under is 42-18-2 in the last 62 meetings
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
The Nuggets lost their opening match in a heart breaker having forced overtime and seemed headed to double overtime but a poor inbound play (and questionable no call) led to Jokic turning the ball over and a crazy Buddy Hield tap back gave the Kings the unlikely victory.
Denver typically has the advantage at home given the altitude but will face a very driven Clippers team.
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The addition of Nic Batum and Serge Ibaka to the starting rotation is clearly going to make that lineup frightening on both sides of the floor. The reserve unit still seems to seeking to find it’s identity.
With seven additions to the Nuggets they too are trying to integrate the new players but the core is intact and Barton who couldn’t play in Orlando is sure to be a factor.
If Murray can’t go the Nuggets will be in trouble and even if he suits up the Clippers are sure to make a point in this outing.
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