Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers - 9/3/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers - 9/3/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (50-30) at Los Angeles Clippers (53-25)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers meet Thursday in game one of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.

The Denver Nuggets are coming off a seven game series win over the Utah Jazz. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 31.6 points and 6.3 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jerami Grant is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 42.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a six game series win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 126.7 points on 50.1 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 32.8 points and 10.2 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 18.5 points and four assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 23-8-1 in Nuggets last 32 overall. The over is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 overall. The Nuggets are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Clippers are obviously the better team here and beat the Nuggets by 13 points about three weeks ago in the bubble. A Clippers blowout victory isn't out of the question. However, we do have to worry about too much time off for the Clippers, and while they're talented and deep, they did allow the Mavericks to hang around in that series. The Denver Nuggets have shown incredible offensive ability throughout these playoffs, and Murray is one of the hottest players in the bubble right now. I'm also not sure the Clippers have an answer for Jokic in this series. This series has the potential to be more competitive than some people think.

I'll take a shot with the Nuggets and the points in game one.

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