Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Preview (August 12, 2020)

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Jan 30, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and forward Jerami Grant (9) celebrate a score against the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Now, let’s get to our Nuggets vs. Clippers betting preview with odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Clippers Odds

Here’s the line for tonight’s Nuggets vs. Clippers game at FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • Spread: Clippers -4.5, Nuggets +4.5
  • Moneyline: Clippers -198, Nuggets +166
  • Total: N/A

Analysis: The Nuggets were as much as a 6-point underdog, but the early movement has pushed them down to a 4.5-point underdog. Of course, you can buy them at what will likely become somewhere around a 100-point underdog thanks to the FanDuel promo.

Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Preview

Let’s take a look at our Nuggets vs. Clippers betting preview by first setting this thing up.

The Rubber Match

You can’t look to this season’s earlier meetings between the two teams because each revealed a very different outcome. Back on Jan. 12, the Nuggets bested the Clippers by a 114-104 final. However, on Feb. 28, the Clippers got revenge in a 132-103 drubbing.

Who’s In, Who’s Out?

As has been the case with previous games in the bubble for both the Nuggets and Clippers, there’s some uncertainty surrounding this game in terms of who will be on the floor and who won’t. Each team has played without several key contributors ahead of this pivotal seeding game. Motivation will also play a factor in this one. Denver would have to win out, while the Clippers would have to lose out in order to shuffle the standings.

Without home court advantage, does it even matter? How each coach wants to balance staying sharp, staying competitive, and giving their teams rest will likely determine availability.

Of note, Montrezl Harrell rejoins the Clippers ahead of this game and L.A. coach Doc Rivers is expected to get him on the floor tonight. That, obviously, will be a big boost for the Clips. Paul George, who sat out the Clippers’ previous game, should also suit up. Meanwhile, it’s unknown if Patrick Beverly, who’s missed three-straight, will take the court.

For Denver, Will Barton and Gary Harris will once again sit.

(Not) Defending The Three

If you’ve been reading these previews lately, you know I have fixated on the Nuggets’ inability to consistently defend the perimeter. If they can’t make an adjustment tonight, and I don’t suspect they will, that will be particularly problematic against a Clippers team that holds the second-best three-point shooting percentage (43%) of the league’s remaining teams. Pair that with the Nuggets’ bubble-worst 45% shooting percentage allowed from deep, and, well, this is a recipe for disaster.

Nuggets vs. Clippers Picks and Predictions

Here’s a look at some of our tops picks and predictions for Nuggets vs. Clippers.

Lou Williams to Make At Least Two Three-Point Attempts (-120 at FOX Bet)

Lou Williams has maxed-out at only two three-pointers since his return to the bubble, but his volume increased significantly against Brooklyn as he took seven threes. We expect that trend to continue tonight as Williams should be able to exploit the weak perimeter defense of the Nuggets. If he maintains a similar aggressiveness, the looks should be there.

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Nikola Jokic To Record At Least 10 Rebounds (-120 at FOX Bet)

Let’s take a quick look at Jokic’s rebounding in the bubble. He’s twice hit double-digit rebounds, but is coming off of a game in which he grabbed only one board in 25 minutes. Certainly, he will want to “rebound” from that performance. Meanwhile, he’s averaging 12 rebounds per game against the Clippers this season.

Clippers to Win By 1-10 Points (+170 at FanDuel Sportsbook)

While Los Angeles may not go for broke in its quest to lock up the number two seed tonight, certainly, they would like to wrap this thing up and rest in their final game. While Denver has given a spirited effort in the bubble despite missing several key players, this sets up as a situation where the better team (Los Angeles) should bear down and grind out a win against the short-handed Nuggets. I don’t think they run away with it, so you can max your profit at +170 with FanDuel.

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