The Denver Nuggets will travel to the Crypto.com Center on Tuesday night to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference matchup. The Nuggets are sixth in the West with a 19-18 record and are riding a two-game winning streak after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on Sunday 99-95. The Clippers are ninth in the West with a 20-21 record and are coming off a 106-93 home win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
These two teams are very evenly matched up and should be able to have a very competitive game here. Let’s take a deeper dive into Denver and Los Angeles to determine where we should be leaning.
Staying ToughThe Denver Nuggets will have to depend on center Nikola Jokic to be competitive. On the season, Jokic has 25.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, seven assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 32.7 minutes per game. He is shooting very well as he is shooting 56.1 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 77 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against Oklahoma City, Jokic played 33 minutes and finished with a monster 22 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, and a steal.
The Denver Nuggets are an average defense as they are allowing 106.1 points per game, which is 10th in the NBA. In their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they gave up 95 points on 38-of-88 (43.2 percent) overall, 9-of-38 (23.7 percent) from distance, and 12 trips to the free-throw line.
RJ Leading the WayThe Los Angeles Clippers have been needing point guard Reggie Jackson to lead the charge as he is playing 31.8 minutes and is averaging 16.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. He is shooting decently well as he is 38.7 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from three-point line, and 84.1 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against Atlanta, Jackson finished with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and three turnovers in 21 minutes on the floor.
The defense of the Los Angeles Clippers have been one of the better teams in the sport as they are seventh in the league, allowing 105.8 points per game. In their previous games against the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles gave up 93 points on 35-of-78 (44.9 percent) throughout the game, 7-of-26 (26.9 percent) from deep, and 19 trips to the charity stripe.
- Los Angeles: 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win
- Los Angeles: 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games
- Denver: 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss