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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

Denver Nuggets (14-11) at Los Angeles Clippers (18-9)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets head to the Staples Center on Saturday to face off against the Clippers.

The Los Angeles Clippers are currently 18-9 this season, and cling on to a slim two game lead in the division over the Phoenix Suns.  The Clippers have both a top ten offense and defense this season, as the Clippers are ranked fifth in the league in scoring offense, putting up 104.3 points per game, while holding opponents to a very respectable 98.7 points per game.  The Clippers have been hot lately, winning three in a row and four out of their last five heading into Saturday’s meeting with the Nuggets. 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

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The Denver Nuggets head to the Staples center on Saturday with a record of 14-11 this season, while going 7-6 on the road this year.  The Nuggets are scoring 101.6 points per game this season, while holding opponents to 100.1.  Unlike the Clippers, the Nuggets have struggled a bit lately, dropping their last two outings, both at home.  The Nuggets have also dropped three out of their last five heading into Saturday’s showdown with the Clippers.

The Denver Nuggets are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall, and the Nuggets are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games when playing on no rest.  The under is 6-0 in the last six games for the Nuggets and the under is 4-1 overall in their last five games following an outright loss.

The Clippers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against the West, and the Clippers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games at home.  The Clippers are also 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall.  The under is 5-1 overall in the last six games in this series when played at the Staples Center.

I'm going with the over on this one.  Both teams want wins here in a marquee game against a solid opponent, so look for both the Clippers and the Nuggets to up the pace and scoring.

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Over 205

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