Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Odds, Picks, Prediction (May 1, 2021)

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Apr 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) controls the ball in the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

There is no slowing down the Denver Nuggets, who are riding a four-game winning streak. They can jump the Los Angeles Clippers in the standings with a win on Saturday night. The Western Conference is an absolute gauntlet with no breaks in the schedule.

Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Clippers betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

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Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Preview

The Nuggets are flying up the Western Conference standings and they have the Clippers in their sights. Despite the fact that they lost Jamal Murray for the season, Denver is showing no signs of slowing down. Michael Porter Jr. is blossoming into a star right alongside MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic.

Although the Clippers are in third place, they haven’t been fully healthy this year. Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Saturday night after missing nine of the last 10 games. Paul George has picked up the slack, averaging 28.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.

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Raptors vs. Nuggets Odds

Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets +4.5 (-109) // Clippers -4.5 (-112)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets +160 // Clippers -190
  • Total: Over 224 (-108) // Under 224 (-113)

Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Michael Porter Jr. Over 22.5 Points (-113)

Michael Porter Jr. is taking the next step in his development and it has been fun to watch. He has scored at least 23 points in his last five games and he’s averaging 23.4 points in his last 20 games. His scoring average jumps up to 25.7 points in the nine games that the Nuggets have been without Murray. Denver is 8-1 during that span.

The Clippers have great wing defenders, especially if Kawhi Leonard is playing, but Porter is the real deal. Take the over on his points.

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Bets We Like With A Clippers Win

Under Nikola Jokic 25.5 Points (-120)

Nikola Jokic is a matchup nightmare for any team this year, but he will be especially difficult for the Clippers to contain. Serge Ibaka is nursing a back injury and won’t play on Saturday night. However, if Ivica Zubac can hold his ground against Jokic, the Clippers will have an excellent chance at running away with this game. Jokic is Denver’s top scoring option with Porter as the 1A option.

It’s worth noting that Jokic has only scored 26 points or more in one of his last six games. The Serbian big man has spent more time facilitating for his teammates since Murray’s injury.

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Nuggets vs. Clippers Prediction, Pick

The Nuggets are one of the hottest teams in the league and the Clippers are just trying to get healthy for the playoffs. This game has major implications for playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Take the Nuggets getting the points in this one and look for Michael Porter Jr. to drop 30+ points.

Pick: Nuggets +4.5

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