Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets - 9/7/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Clippers (54-26) at Denver Nuggets (51-31)
NBA Basketball: Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +9 -- Over/Under: 219 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets do battle in Game 3 of the West Semifinals at the AdventHealth Arena on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be going back to the drawing board after getting ambushed by the Nuggets in a 110-101 loss in Game 2 on Saturday. Paul George led the team in scoring with 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Ivica Zubac added 15 points and nine rebounds while Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams each scored 13 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 40 percent from the field and nine of 32 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing the Nuggets to explode for 44 points in the first quarter. Leonard will be particularly disappointed as he shot just four of 17 from the field while Marcus Morris Sr. shot just three of nine for his 11 points.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets will be quietly confident going into Monday after squaring up the series against the Clippers in Game 2. Jamal Murray led the team with 27 points and six assists on 10 of 21 shooting, Nikola Jokic added 26 points with 18 rebounds and four assists while Paul Millsap and Gary Harris each scored 13 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 45 percent from the field and 15 of 40 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 44 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 23 points, before holding off the Clippers down the stretch. Jerami Grant had a rough shooting night as he made just one of nine to finish with five points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record, 37-16 ATS in their last 53 games following a loss and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Nuggets are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Conference Semifinals games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the under is 39-18 ATS in the last 57 meetings overall and the Clippers are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Denver.
The Clippers had it all their way in Game 1 of the series, but they quickly found themselves in a battle as the Nuggets came out firing in Game 2 to level the series. Murray has been in red-hot form so it’s no surprise he led the team in scoring again, but the real x-factor for me in this series is Jokic who drained four 3-pointers to spark the Nuggets. Still, despite the loss, the Clippers will be quietly confident that they can reclaim the lead in this series as they actually outplayed the Nuggets from the second quarter onwards. I’m tempted to take the Nuggets with the points here, but I think the Clippers bounce back with a big win here behind a big game from Leonard.