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It’s a battle of Western Conference teams and a potential first-round playoff matchup in the Rocky Mountains. The LA Clippers are on the road as they travel to face the Denver Nuggets Sunday afternoon. LA knocked off Memphis 112-106 on the road Friday night in their last game. Denver defeated Dallas 114-104 on the road Friday night in their last contest. The Nuggets lead the all-time regular season series 95-79 and have taken two of three meetings this season. That includes a 121-100 home win in the most recent matchup January 10.LA Clippers Shoot for Third Straight Win
LA earned their second straight win as they downed Memphis on the road in the first game coming out of the All-Star break. The Clippers entered Saturday eighth in the Western Conference, two games ahead of ninth-place Sacramento. LA led by 13 after the opening quarter, by 12 at the half and trailed by three after three quarters. The Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 29-20 in the fourth quarter to get the victory. LA shot 46.7 percent from the field, six of 25 from three-point range and drilled 36 of 42 free throw attempts in the win. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 30 points in the win.
The Clippers are currently 7th in the league in scoring offense with 114.2 points per game. LA is 15th in the league in rebounding with 45.2 boards per game and stand 23rd in assists with 23.3 per contest. The Clippers are below average defensively, ranking 24th in scoring defense by allowing 113.7 points per game. Danilo Gallinari (18.8 points, six rebounds), Lou Williams (19.8 points) and Montrezl Harrell (16.1 points, 6.6 boards) all average in double figures. Landry Shamet, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10 points), Marcin Gortat, Michael Beasley, Wilson Chandler, Ivica Zubac, Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green, Luc Mbah a Moute and Garrett Temple are all key pieces of the Clippers’ rotation for Doc Rivers. Mbah a Moute has been out with a knee injury and he is out until mid-February at best. LA is 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.2 percent from the floor. The Clippers are tied for 26th in three pointers a game with 9.6 per contest and 2ndin three-point shooting as they hit 38.6 percent of their long-range attempts. Chandler is out until late February with a quad strain.
Denver Nuggets Seek Fourth Straight Victory
Denver took care of business on the road as they defeated Dallas in their first game out of the All-Star break. The Nuggets entered Saturday second in the Western Conference, two games behind the Warriors: they were two games up on the Thunder in the Northwest Division. Denver trailed by five after the opening quarter, led by one at the half and broke the game open with a 39-23 third quarter edge. The Nuggets shot 40.8 percent from the field, including 14 of 37 from three-point range, and dominated the glass by a 63-42. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in the win.
The Nuggets are 16th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 112 points per game. Denver is currently 7th in the league in rebounding with 46.6 rebounds per contest. The Nuggets are 2nd in the league by dishing out 27.7 assists per game. Denver is 8th in scoring defense as they allow 107 points per contest. Paul Millsap puts up 12.2 points plus 6.7 rebounds a game in his second season with Denver. Will Barton contributes 11.9 points a night while Nikola Jokic kicks in a team high 20.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists a game. Gary Harris (14.6 points) and Jamal Murray (18.1 points) each are solid contributors offensively as well. Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris (10.7 points), Malik Beasley (12 points), Torrey Craig, Juancho Hernangomez and Trey Lyles have to step up when called upon. The Nuggets are 9th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 47 percent from the field. Denver is tied for 18th in the league by sinking 11 threes per game and is tied for tied for 10th in the league in three-point shooting by sinking 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. Isaiah Thomas made his season debut against the Kings February 13 after recovering from hip surgery.
- Nuggets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games
- Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS w
- Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .60