The Los Angeles Clippers (22-21) host the Denver Nuggets (28-13) on January 13, 2023 at Crypto.com Arena. The Clippers are favorites, by 5.5 points, in a contest pitting one of the NBA’s top defensive teams in the league versus one of the highest-scoring teams. The Clippers are third in points allowed per game (110), while the Nuggets are fifth in points scored (117). The matchup’s point total is 221.5.
How to bet Clippers vs. Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Clippers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Clippers have -187 odds to pick up the win, while the Nuggets are listed at +159 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 221.5 points.
Clippers vs. Nuggets Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, January 13, 2023
- Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Location: Los Angeles, California
- Arena: Crypto.com Arena
Clippers vs. Nuggets Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Clippers are 21-22-0 this season. Los Angeles has been victorious in 17, or 68%, of the 25 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Clippers games this year have gone over the point total 41.5% of the time (17 out of 41 games with a set point total).
The Nuggets have played 41 games, with 21 wins against the spread. Denver is 5-4 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 55.6% of those games). The Nuggets have gone over the point total 48.8% of the time this season (20 of 41 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
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Clippers vs. Nuggets Injury Report
Nuggets: Bruce Brown: Probable (Calf), Jamal Murray: Probable (Ankle), Nikola Jokic: Out (Wrist), Peyton Watson: Out (Adductor), Jeff Green: Out (Hand), Collin Gillespie: Out (Lower Leg)
What you need to know about the Los Angeles Clippers
Although Los Angeles is scoring just 109.2 points per game (third-worst in NBA), its defense has been helping to pick up the slack, as it ranks third-best in the league by allowing 110 points per game. Offensively the Clippers have played worse in home games this season, averaging 105.6 points per game, compared to 112.7 per game away from home. The Clippers have seen an increase in scoring recently, putting up 114.7 points per game in their last 10 outings, 5.5 points more than the 109.2 they’ve scored this season.
Los Angeles is draining 12.4 treys per game (10th-ranked in NBA) this season, while sporting a 36.9% three-point percentage (eighth-ranked). The Clippers have taken 60.7% two-pointers and 39.3% from beyond the arc this year. Of the team’s baskets, 68.5% are two-pointers and 31.5% are threes.
What you need to know about the Denver Nuggets
Offensively, Denver is the fifth-best team in the league (117 points per game). On defense, it is 15th (113.2 points conceded per game). In 2022-23 the Nuggets are scoring 5.6 more points per game at home (119.8) than on the road (114.2). While the Nuggets are scoring 117 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark over their previous 10 games, tallying 121.6 a contest.
In 2022-23 Denver is 12th in the NBA in 3-point makes (12.3 per game) and best in 3-point percentage (40%). In 2022-23, the Nuggets have taken 64.4% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 35.6% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 72% of the Nuggets’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 28% have been 3-pointers.
Our pick to win this game is the Nuggets, and we project that Nuggets will cover the spread (Clippers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 221.5 points.
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