Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 9/7/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 9/7/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers (54-26) at Denver Nuggets (51-31)

NBA Basketball: Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Denver Nuggets +7.5 -- Over/Under: 220 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers meet Monday in game three of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.    

The Los Angeles Clippers look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 122.6 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 29.9 points and 9.1 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 19 points and 3.9 assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets look for another upset win to take a surprising 2-1 series lead. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.8 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 28.9 points and 6.2 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 25 points and 8.7 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jerami Grant is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 40.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

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The Clippers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Monday games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Nuggets are 12-1 ATS in their last 13 Monday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 13-4 in Nuggets last 17 overall. The Clippers are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Denver. The under is 39-18 in the last 57 meetings.

The Los Angeles Clippers have done a good job of bouncing back from losses in the bubble and they are the better team here. However, the Paul George struggles continue and the Nuggets are off probably their best defensive effort of the playoffs, mainly thanks to Gary Harris and his ball pressure. The Denver Nuggets may not have the household names the Clippers have, but they're deep, talented, can score at will and have enough length to be effective defensively when they want to be. The Clippers continue to get these monster numbers and it's not showing enough respect to the Nuggets, a team that can compete in this series.

Give me the points.

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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets +7.5

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