Denver Nuggets (51-33) at Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -8 -- Over/Under: 217 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers meet Friday in game five of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers have a chance to make their first ever conference finals appearance with a victory here. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 119 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 19.4 points and 3.8 assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game.
The Denver Nuggets need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Sunday. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 26.5 points and 6.5 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 25.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jerami Grant is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Nuggets last 5 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Clippers last 5 overall. The Nuggets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Clippers have taken complete control of this series, but the Nuggets have been competitive in these contests and are coming off their best defensive performance of the series whey held LAC to under 100 points. The Nuggets have the depth and the scoring to hang around in these games and possibly steal another game, it's just a matter of getting stops and not having that five minute stretch of sloppy play. We've also seen the Nuggets come back down 1-3 in the last series. Not saying that happens here, but I want the points with the Nuggets backs against the wall.