Denver Nuggets vs LA Clippers betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game on TNT. It’s an all-Western Conference affair in Denver tonight as the Nuggets welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to town in what will be the 4th and final meeting of the season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 22.03.2022 at 10:00 PM
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
With the Minnesota Timberwolves lurking behind them, the Denver Nuggets have to start winning as soon as possible. The gap between them and the 7th seed is now just 0.5 games after they lost the last 2 games against Cleveland and Boston.
The loss against Boston hurt in particular as they were down by 25 points at the break, getting totally destroyed by a Celtics side that finished with 57.3% shooting from the field. That kind of effort on defence won’t win you many games, so the Nuggets have to be on high alert coming into this one.
The last time they played the Clippers it ended with a 130-128 home win, it was their 7th win in the last 10 meetings head-to-head. Another encouraging stat for Nuggets fans here is their record of 8 wins in the last 10 games vs Western Conference opponents.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have also lost a bit of traction lately by losing 4 of their last 5 games and are currently on a 3-game losing streak. Unlike the Nuggets, they seem to be set to finish in the 8th seed which means a play-in tournament spot.
Who they’ll face in that game remains to be seen, this team has overperformed all year long with injuries costing their 2 best players the entire season. They’ve covered the spread in 4 of their last 6 vs the Nuggets and come into tonight’s game as 6.5-point underdogs.
With the 3 meetings played this season finishing with a 2, 2 and 3 point difference, I am expecting another close game and if that is the case the Clippers should have enough to cover here. They’ve gone 4-2 ATS in their last 6 visits to Ball Arena and have beaten 5 of their last 7 opponents from the Western Conference.
LA has covered in more games on the road than at home this season and unlike the Nuggets, they don’t have a lot of pressure on them to win tonight’s game. That could make all the difference here, so I’m going with the road team.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Predictions & Odds
There’s a difference in outcomes when these teams play in Los Angeles compared to when they play in Denver. The 2 LA games finished with just 203 and 172 points, while the one meeting in Denver ended with a whopping 258 points. So tonight’s projected total of 220 points sounds more than reasonable for this game.
Denver has gone over the total in 6 of their last 9 games overall and in 4 of 5 at home. For the season they are 21-13 on the O/U at Ball Arena, despite ranking only 23rd in the pace of play so far. The Clippers are in the upper tier when it comes to the tempo of play as they average 100.2 possessions per game. Denver’s offence ranks 10th in points per 100 possessions as they averaged 110.6 of them.
After scoring just 104 against the Celtics the other night they will want to make amends in front of their home fans, so I expect them to push the tempo a bit more than they normally do. So I’d recommend backing the over in this one.