Week 22 of the 2021-22 NBA season tips off Tuesday, March 22, so we’re taking a closer look at the Western Conference showdown at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, to get you the best Clippers vs. Nuggets betting pick and odds.
This is the final contest between these teams. Denver has 12 of the three meetings, including a 130-128 victory in overtime in Denver on January 19, so it is not surprising the Nuggets come in as an 8.0-point favorite with the total set at 223.0 on BetDSI Sportsbook.
Clippers Crushed by Jazz
The Los Angeles Clippers (36-37; 36-37-0 ATS) were blown out by Utah last Friday, 121-92. The loss was the third in a row for the Clippers, who are 2-6 in their last eight games. Los Angeles is 3-5 ATS in their last eight games. The Clippers are 1-4 in their last five games on the road.
The Clippers struggled in this contest, hitting 36.0% of their shots, including 11-35 (31.4%) from three-point range. None of the five starters finished in double digits as Robert Covington came off the bench to lead the team with 18 points. Los Angeles did go 19-21 (90.5%) from the free-throw line.
Los Angeles thrives off their defensive play, 11th in points allowed (107.9). They are sixth in opponent field-goal percentage (44.8%) and ninth in opponent three-point shooting (34.3%). Plus, they have been outstanding from three-point range as well, sixth overall at 36.5%. However, the team is 26th in scoring (106.7).
Nuggets Rocked by Celtics
The Denver Nuggets (42-30; 32-39-1 ATS) lost to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, 124-104. It was the second loss in a row for the Nuggets, who are 2-4 in their last six games. Denver is 2-6 ATS in their last eight contests. The Nuggets have lost three straight games at home and are 6-4 in their last 10 home contests.
Boston dominated Denver in this game, hitting 57.4% of their shots, including going 19-40 (47.5%) from three-point range and they were a perfect 11-11 from the free-throw line. Denver shot 40.2% and were led by Nikola Jokic, who had 23 points and eight rebounds.
Denver is 12th in scoring (111.3 ppg), but has outstanding shooting, third overall in the NBA in field-goal percentage (47.7%). They are eighth in free-throw percentage (79.0%). Denver is also 12th in points allowed per game (108.9)
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Pick
Denver has taken two of the three contests between these teams this season and have dominated the Clippers in recent years, going 7-3. The Nuggets have clearly had the number of the Clippers, and have made it difficult for Los Angeles to generate much offense, as they have been held to 104 points or fewer in four of the last five meetings.
Denver is the better shooting team, and that gives them a clear edge. While the Clippers have been a little better from three-point range, this is going to be a contest that is won in the paint, where Denver has a clear advantage.
Pick: Take Denver Nuggets
The trends definitely favor the under in this contest. These teams have gone under in 35 of the last 52 meetings, while Los Angeles has gone under in three of their last five games, including eight of their last 10 on the road. Denver has gone over in four of their last five, but have gone under in eight of their last 11 against teams with a losing record.
These teams combined for 258 points in an overtime victory for Denver on January 19, but had combined for 206 points or fewer in the previous four meetings. The January 19 meeting is more of an exception than the rule, so look for a low-scoring affair here.
Pick: Go under 223.0