NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets

Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets
Thursday, 3/7/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Denver -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Denver -4.5
Opening Total:  211.5
Current Total:  213.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Los Angeles Clippers are 4-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points

The Los Angeles Clippers are 4-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points

Los Angeles has won five of its last six games, including a 117-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 9.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going OVER the total in two consecutive contests.  The Clippers were led by the play of forward Blake Griffin, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.  “He’s doing everything,” commented Clippers guard Jamal Crawford.  The team is 20-12 overall away from the Staples Center, including an 11-6 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points this season, which is important to consider when making your NBA expert picks Thursday night.

The Clippers are 11-8 during the 2012-13 NBA season against teams that are among the league’s top 10 records, which includes an 0-3 mark versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Los Angeles has won five in a row on the road and possess the second best road winning percentage in the league—trailing only the San Antonio Spurs in that category.

Denver has put together a six-game winning streak, including a 120-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings as five-point road favorites Tuesday night, while going OVER the posted total of 224.  “We are maturing and finding our identity a little better,” stated Nuggets coach George Karl.  The Nuggets are 27-3 at the Pepsi Center, including a 17-1 mark versus conference foes.  Denver is 8-0 ATS at home when the total is 210 or higher, with the OVER going 4-3-1 in that situation.

The Nuggets have won 15 of their last 24 games against the Clippers, with seven of the nine losses coming in Southern California.  Denver holds a record of 44-8 since the start of the 2009-10 season when facing an opponent in the second game of a back-to-back at home, including a 7-2 mark in that situation during the 2012-13 campaign.

Sports bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 5-1 ATS mark in their last six trips to the Mile High City.

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