Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers - 9/5/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers - 9/5/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (50-31) at Los Angeles Clippers (54-25)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Denver Nuggets need a bounce back performance with hopes of evening up this series at 1-1. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 114.3 points on 49.8 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 29.1 points and 6.3 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Porter Jr. is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 42.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Clippers look for another victory to take a 2-0 series lead. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 125.7 points on 51 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 32.3 points and nine rebounds while Paul George is averaging 18.6 points and four assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 23-9-1 in Nuggets last 33 overall. The over is 9-4 in Clippers last 13 overall. The Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Clippers played a near perfect game in their game one victory, shooting 57.1 percent from the field on the same night the Nuggets couldn't get going offensively. I wouldn't overreact after one performance, as the Nuggets are much better on both sides of the ball than what they showed. I expect a better effort from the Nuggets across the board and when they play to their potential, they can put up a fight in this series. This line isn't showing much respect to a talented and deep Nuggets squad. I'll take the points with the Nuggets again and see if things improve.

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