Western Conference basketball and we see the Denver Nuggets take on the Los Angeles Clippers. According to the Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers 2016 Betting Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Clippers have been listed as 10.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 214. Here is my Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers 2016 Betting Odds and Prediction.
The Denver Nuggets are not going to the playoffs this year as they come in at 22-35 overall, including 11-18 on the road. The Nuggets had a recent stretch where they had won 3 of 4 games, but they have now lost their last three games, which includes losing back-to-back home games vs Boston and Sacramento. The struggles for Denver this year start at the defensive end of the floor, where they rank 22nd in points allowed, giving up giving up 104.1 ppg on 46.2% shooting, which is 23rd. The offense has not been great either as they come in ranked 19th in the league in scoring, putting up 100.8 ppg, while hitting just 43.7% of their shots, which is 27th in the league.
The Los Angeles Clippers come in at 37-19 overall, which includes a 19-9 mark at home. The Clipps have won their last 9 of their last 12, and they come in off a wild huge 40 point win over the Phoenix Suns, which followed a tough 3 point home loss to the Warriors. The Clipps are led by Chris Paul and his 19.5 ppg while Blake Griffin remains on the shelf. The also have DeAndre Jordan, who is a beast on the boards pulling down 14.2 rpg (2nd in the league). He also scores 12.2 ppg and leads the league in FG% at 69.6%. This is an offensive minded team that comes in at 6th in the league in scoring, putting up 105.2 ppg, while hitting 46.4% of their shots, which is 4th in the league. On defense they have been solid as they rank 9th in points allowed, giving up just 100.4 ppg, while allowing teams to hit just 43.7% of their shots, which is 4th.
Going with Denver to keep the game close. Clipps are off a 40 point home win, which followed a 3 point loss to the Warriors and this could be a game that they take off. Not saying they will lose the game, but they just may not have enough in the tank to blow the Nuggets out. Denver does play competitive ball and I see them doing that here.