Neither the Los Angeles Clippers nor the Denver Nuggets are NBA Finals betting odds favorites. Yet each team is in the thick of the playoff hunt. In addition, both have been able to offer wagering value at various times this season. When they traded Blake Griffin many wrote off the Clippers. As a result of the trade, however, LA has become a more reliable wagering commodity. Few teams can match the Clippers road profit margin. Yet in terms of striking gold Denver does well on their home court. For fans of offensive basketball, Denver and LA deliver the goods.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Clippers||+4½ (-110)||231½ (-110)|
|Nuggets||-4½ (-110)||231½ (-110)|
Clippers vs. Nuggets TV Coverage: TNT
Despite longshot status with the NBA Finals betting odds LA is in good recent form. Most noteworthy is their five straight payouts. In addition, the Clippers have lost just ten of 30 road games vs. the line. Leading the Clippers is the tandem of Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan. Williams has a team best 23 points per game. For his part Jordan is dominating with 15 rebounds per game. As a result, Los Angeles ranks seventh in the NBA for scoring. Defense remains a concern with a ranking of 22nd. Despite the resurgence the Clippers are struggling to keep a playoff spot.
Few teams in the NBA have surprised more than the Denver Nuggets. While lacking a dominant star they excel together as a team. Seems like the old adage about being better the total sum of their parts. Similar to the Clippers the Nuggets rank eighth in the NBA for scoring. However, much like LA, Denver ranks 20th for points allowed. With seven payouts in their last nine games Denver is in post season form. Over the total has paid in nine of their last ten games. Michael Malone is operating successfully as one of the Association’s most anonymous coaches.
Team vs. Team
Recently in this sportsbook series the Clippers have had the edge. Most noteworthy is LA’s four payouts in their last six with Denver. Under the total has hit in five of the last seven between the Clippers and Nuggets. Yet the Pepsi Center has not been hospitable to the Clippers. Especially relevant is Denver’s seven payouts in their last nine home games against LA. Four of the last six in this series at Denver went under the number.
Matchup to Watch
While this is not a NBA Finals betting odds matchup it is good and even. And it’s a game between teams with similar styles. Offense is the first thought of the Clippers and Nuggets. As a result, there will not be much of a defensive advantage either way. Home court is what this could come down too. Denver is nowhere close to a public team. Hence, they are rarely an overlay.
Clippers vs. Nuggets NBA games Betting Odds Picks
In conclusion with all else being equal the Pepsi Center rates the edge. Also, of note is the Nuggets team concept. Denver has the proven numbers at home over the Clippers. Because of that the Denver Nuggets are the pick.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Denver Nuggets
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Nuggets 108, Clippers 100