Clippers vs Nuggets predictions and pick against the spread

Clippers vs Nuggets predictions and pick against the spread

The LA Clippers are a title contender and the Denver Nuggets hope to be in the picture when the NBA playoffs begin. Before that happens, both teams will square off in the bubble. When you are betting in the bubble it is very important to know the motivation for both teams. Before making Clippers vs Nuggets predictions and pick against the spread we are going to read the line and make motivation checks.

Look at the line

The point spread opened with LA as (-5.5) point favorites against the Nuggets. Since that open, the betting line has changed and now the Clippers are as low as (-4.5) at a few of the top sportsbooks. This is because over 90% of the early wagering is on the Nuggets.

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Let’s look at load management

Both of these teams are strolling through the seeding games and regularly rest starters. The Clippers have rotated superstars in each game exchanging out Paul George for Kawhi Leonard. If that continues, do not look for Leonard in this game tonight. The Clippers will also get Montrezl Harrell back, but won’t play because he is being quarantined.

Malone monitoring minutes

Nuggets coach Mike Malone does not let his starters exceed 26 minutes in the game and he often employs a zone defense and a big lineup to change things up during the game. Michael Porter Jr is the bring spot for this team and will be a player to watch tonight.

Clippers vs Nuggets predictions and pick against the spread

Keep an eye on the Clippers tonight. Don’t expect Doc Rivers to overpress his starters, but he is looking for more intensity from his starters ramping up to the playoffs. Although seeding is not as important as it has been in the past, the Clippers can lock up the No. 2 seed with a win. The Nuggets are off an incredible performance by the team with eight players in double figures and that will be hard to reproduce.

ATS Pick: The Clippers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall and they get the win and cover tonight against the Nuggets.

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