Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers
Friday Feb 28, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Opening Line: Clippers -6 with a total of 222.5
- Denver (40-18 SU, 28-27-3 ATS) was upset at home by the 13.5-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 11th. Since then they are 14-6 and they have won 6 of their last 8. Their last 4 wins all came against teams with losing records. Their two losses came against the Lakers 120-116 as 3-point dogs on Feb 12th the last game before the All Star break and then they got thumped in a road game at OKC 113-101 in their first game after the break. They followed that up with double-digit home wins against Minnesota and Detroit to raise their home record to 23-7 which ties the Clippers for the best home record in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are 12-5 in road games against the Western Conference this season.
- On Tuesday against the Pistons forward Jeremi Grant came off the bench to lead the Nuggets with a career-high 29 points on 12 of 15 shooting from the field. Nikola Jokic had 16 points, Jamal Murray added 16 points and 8 assists and Michael Porter Jr. added 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting and 8 rebounds as the Nuggets shot 57.9 % from the field.
- The Nuggets have played without Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Gary Harris, and Michael Porter Jr. recently but all of them are expected to play tonight against the Clippers. In their only previous meeting so far this season January 12th at Denver the Nuggets won 114-104 with Jokic leading the way with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
- Los Angeles (39-19 SU, 30-27-1 ATS) have also been beset by injuries of late having played without Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley. They won 102-92 at Phoenix Wednesday night with Kawhi leading the way at both ends of the floor.
- Kawhi had 24 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Then on defense he made life difficult for Phoenix’ All-Star guard Devin Booker holding him to 14 points, well below his average of 26.3 points per game. Booker made just 5 of 19 shots overall and 1 of 8 threes.
- Paul George has struggled offensively since returning from a hamstring injury two games ago shooting a combined 7 of 24 from the field in those two games. Lou Williams has averaged only 7 points in the last two games after averaging 29.5 points in the previous two games. In the January 12th matchup Kawhi had 30 points.