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Last Updated Mar 23, 2022, 13:15 PM

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will conclude on Tuesday night with a compelling Western Conference clash between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets. Coverage begins from Ball Arena at 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT. 

Score Prediction

Nuggets 114, Clippers 104

Best Bets

Nuggets -6.5 (-110) at DraftKings

Clippers vs. Nuggets Predictions

After finishing third in the West with a record of 47-25 SU last year, Denver stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start to the season, as the Nuggets opened with a lackluster 20-19 SU and 16-23 ATS stretch – while generating just 105.6 OPPG across that window.

The Nuggets have played excellent since the midway point of January though, considering Denver boasts sturdy records of 22-11 SU and 16-16-1 ATS across their last 33 games – while scoring 118.2 OPPG and allowing just 112.6 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, the Clippers posted a surprisingly strong start despite the absence of five-time All-Pro Kawhi Leonard, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a sturdy 16-15 SU run – with ten of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

The Clippers have been incredibly inconsistent without Paul George though, considering Los Angeles is 20-22 SU and 22-20 ATS since PG’s latest injury – while tallying just 107.8 OPPG and surrendering 109.8 DPPG across that span.

I’ll back Denver here, as the Clippers are 2-6 SU and 3-5 ATS in their last eight games, while scoring just 102.5 OPPG and surrendering 111.9 DPPG during that timeframe – setting the stage for a tough road matchup against a Nuggets squad that’s averaging 117.1 OPPG across their latest 12-5 SU stretch.

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Clippers vs. Nuggets Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Northwest
  • Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
  • Venue: Ball Arena
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • TV-Time: TNT - 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Los Angeles Clippers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 36-37
  • ATS: 36-37
  • O/U: 33-38-2

Many bettors hopped off the Clippers’ bandwagon after Kawhi’s devastating injury last postseason; however, it turns out they’re still a decent squad without him, highlighted by L. A. quickly handling business against Utah for the remainder of the second round, and then going toe-to-toe with Phoenix for the length of a competitive six-game Western Conference Finals’ set.

The Clippers have struggled offensively without George though, considering L. A. enters Tuesday riding an exhausting 20-22 SU skid – while scoring 110 PTS or less in 22 of those contests (107.8 OPPG).

Denver Nuggets Betting Analysis

  • SU: 42-30
  • ATS: 32-39-1
  • O/U: 38-32-2

Despite the year-long absence of Jamal Murray, the Nuggets have still strung together an admirable 2021-22 campaign, considering Denver is tied with Minnesota for sixth place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 42-30 SU – which trails the fifth-place Mavericks (43-28 SU) and fourth-place Jazz (45-26 SU) by just a few games.

The Nuggets have encountered their fair share of health hurdles throughout the year, primarily highlighted by the extended absence of their tertiary scoring option, Michael Porter Jr. However, Denver still boasts solid numbers at both ends of the floor, considering the Nuggets have scored 115+ PTS in ten of their last 16 contests (117.6 OPPG) – and surrendered 110 PTS or less in seven of their last 14 (113.3 DPPG).

The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games. (AP)

Clippers vs. Nuggets Head-to-Head

Denver won two-of-three regular-season matchups against the Clippers last year, with both Nuggets’ victories staying under the total at an average of 208.5 PPG – while L. A.’s lone win went over with a score of 121-108 (O 226). The Nuggets are also 2-1 SU against L. A. this season, with their first two matchups staying well under at an average of 187.5 PPG – while their most recent meeting soared over with a score of 130-128 OT (O 214).

Key Players to Watch

  • LAC: Reggie Jackson - PG (17 PPG, 3.7 REB, 4.8 AST)
  • LAC: Marcus Morris - PF (16 PPG, 4.6 REB, 2.1 AST)
  • DEN: Nikola Jokic - C (26.1 PPG, 13.6 REB, 8 AST)
  • DEN: Will Barton - SG (14.6 PPG, 4.9 REB, 3.8 AST)

Clippers vs. Nuggets Betting Conclusion

After extending their losing streak to three games with an ugly loss to the Jazz on Friday night (L, 121-92), the Clippers hit the road for Tuesday’s contest as moderate underdogs against the Nuggets at Ball Arena – marking the fifth time L. A. has been an underdog across their last six games.

I’ll back Denver here, as the Nuggets are 14-6 SU and 11-9 ATS in their last 20 games, while tallying 117.5 OPPG and surrendering 112.6 DPPG during that timeframe – likely serving as a difficult road task for a Clippers squad that’s averaging just 102.5 OPPG across their latest 2-6 SU skid.

Clippers vs. Nuggets Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five Clippers' games.
  • The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The Clippers are 4-2 ATS in their last six matchups against Denver.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five Nuggets' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five matchups between the Clippers and Nuggets.
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