NBA Betting: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers
- Updated: April 15, 2014
When the Oklahoma City Thunder lost on Monday night, it opened up the door for the Los Angeles Clippers to make one last bid for the #2 seed in the Western Conference playoff order, and that may indeed serve as a focus as this team plays host to the Denver Nuggets in basketball betting action that is slated to get underway at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The game will be televised as the second half of the TNT doubleheader, with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks filling the role of the “opening act.”
The Clippers currently sport a straight-up record of 56-24, which puts them a game and a half behind Oklahoma City on the playoff ladder. It is actually something of a longshot that they would be able to overtake the Thunder for the second spot; they must win this home game against Denver and then win again at Portland, while hoping that Oklahoma City loses at home to the hapless Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The likelihood of the latter occurrence is not high, so one has to wonder whether coach Doc Rivers will concentrate on trying to keep some of his starters fresh.
VietBet customers know that Los Angeles has been a very hot team coming down the stretch, winning 19 of its last 23 games. That creates a lot of momentum, and certainly makes the Clippers a viable challenger for the top two clubs (San Antonio and Oklahoma City) in pursuit of advancing through the conference playoffs and into the NBA Finals. This team has also been very formidable when it comes to beating the NBA pointspread, as they are 45-34-1 in that regard.
Denver is one of those teams that has long since been pushed out of any playoff consideration. The Nuggets, in Brian Shaw’s first year as a head coach, are currently 36-44 straight-up and 39-40-1 versus the number. They have lost 14 of their last 18 road games, but there is very little question that the Nuggets are playing hard in this season’s waning moments. In fact, they are authors of three straight victories, including a 123-116 victory over the Houston Rockets and a 100-99 win over the Golden State Warriors, in which they came back from 20 points down. The Nuggets gobbled up 76 rebounds against Golden State, including 29 from Timofey Mozgov (an NBA high this season). Their Saturday night win over Utah at home (101-94) became the first pointspread loss they suffered in seven games. Denver is currently on a 13-4 run against the basketball betting odds.
So it is clear that this is a team that is still putting forth some effort, and many people have considered that to be a feather in the cap of Shaw, who has gone through more than a few painful moments in his maiden voyage as a head man after many years as an assistant. What is actually kind of remarkable about this latest surge on the part of the Nuggets is the fact that they have done it with a roster that is very thin; in fact, they have generally had no more than nine players available at any given time, and sometimes less.
There has been some pretty good injury news for the Clippers, in that Jamal Crawford returned from his Achilles injury, which kept him out of five games, and scored ten points in Saturday’s 117-101 victory over Sacramento. Crawford, asVietBet patrons have known for years, is a very explosive weapon, especially when he is used off the bench. He is, of course, a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner.
These teams have met three times this season. On December 21, the Clippers beat Denver 112-91, covering as a nine-point favorite in the basketball betting odds, but the Nuggets have come back with a pair of wins at the Pepsi Center since then. Over the last two meetings, they have held Los Angeles to 26% shooting from beyond the three-point arc. And their rebounding margin has been +33 in those games as well.
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