The NBA has a stacked slate of games for Black Friday, including a Western Conference clash between the Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers. Both teams could potentially be missing key players, making it interesting to see who comes out on top of this Nuggets vs Clippers collision.
After losing to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, the Nuggets responded with a 131-126 overtime victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder one night later. Denver has now won two of its last three games and looks to keep the ball rolling tonight.
Meanwhile, the Clippers had a three-game winning streak snapped by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. They were without both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in that loss and will be without the duo yet again, meaning other players must step up to deliver the win.
There’s a lot to take in before Friday’s Nuggets vs Clippers game. Fortunately, Betting News has gathered the game’s odds while also having a prediction and best bet for tonight’s contest.
Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers Matchup Information and Betting Odds
- Matchup: Denver Nuggets (11-7, 7-5 Away) vs. LA Clippers (11-8, 6-4 Home)
- Venue & Location: crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, California)
- Date: Friday, Nov. 25, 2022
- Game Time: 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
- Nuggets vs Clippers Info: NBA TV, Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Nuggets vs Clippers Odds
Game odds are via FanDuel as of Friday, Nov. 23 at 8:10 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.
- Denver Nuggets -3.5 (-108)
- LA Clippers +3.5 (-112)
- Over 218 Points (-110)
- Under 218 Points (-110)
- Denver Nuggets -152
- LA Clippers +128
Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers Betting Trends
- Denver is 6-2 straight up in its last eight road games.
- The Clippers are 1-5 straight up in their last six games against Denver.
- Denver is 3-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
- The Clippers are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games.
- The total has hit the under in each of Denver’s last five road games against the Clippers.
- The total has hit the under in 10 of the Clippers’ last 14 games.
Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers Prediction and Picks
Nuggets vs Clippers Prediction: Nuggets 116, Clippers 102
Nuggets vs Clippers Picks: Nuggets -3.5 (Best Value: -108 at FanDuel) & Under 218.5 Points (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel)
There’s no doubt that George and Leonard’s absence was felt during the Clippers’ recent loss to the Warriors.
After leading about five or six minutes into the first quarter, the Clippers lost the lead to the Warriors and never got it back. The lack of superstar power made it too difficult for LA to overcome any and all deficits.
While the Clippers shot the ball decently from the floor (44.8%) and three-point range (39.3%), it was trouble at the free-throw line that did them in. Despite the Warriors taking 26 fouls (twice as many as the Clippers), LA’s players only shot 66.7% on their free throws, missing nine of them.
Now, the Clippers must deal with a Nuggets team that’s won six of its last eight road games. Denver has four different players averaging 19-plus points in that span, showcasing just how solid the team’s depth is.
The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (hip) and Michael Porter Jr. (heel) are both day-to-day with injuries, however, the former is probable to play while the latter is questionable.
Speaking of Jokic, he seems to love playing the Clippers, averaging 31.2 points, 15.4 rebounds and 7.8 assists while shooting 54.7% from the field in his last five games against LA.
The Clippers must also figure out how to shut down the Nuggets from the perimeter. Denver is fairly lethal from three-point range, averaging 12.4 threes made (No. 10) on the top success rate in the league (40.1%).
One of the most consistent contributors in this regard is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who averages 2.4 threes on 49.4% shooting.
While the Clippers are decent at defending threes, they allowed the Warriors to go 19-of-51 (37.3%) from beyond the arc, so the opportunities should still be there.
Something else that can’t be ignored is that the Nuggets have won five of their last six games against the Clippers. What’s even more impressive is that Denver shut LA’s offense down more often than not over that stretch, holding the Clippers to just 104.7 points per game.
Furthermore, the Nuggets are also 6-1 straight up in their last seven road games against the Clippers. Even though LA has won five of its last six home outings, Denver has proven that it’s more than comfortable playing at crypto.com Arena.
Taking the above into consideration, I predict that the Nuggets will be the victors tonight. They have a deeper team than the Clippers, who likely won’t be able to overcome their star players’ absence.
After the Clippers were blown out by the Warriors, I have no issues taking the Nuggets at -3.5 on the spread. Their top players are rolling — especially on the road — and I just don’t think that LA has the tools to keep things close.
Still, with a handful of players on both sides likely missing this game, I’m also backing the total going under. After all, it’s done so in each of the last five Nuggets vs Clippers games played in Los Angeles.
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