Nuggets, Clippers, stop unpleasant run

Nuggets, Clippers, stop unpleasant run

The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers are two teams who are both coming from a loss on their previous matches. These two teams hoping not to continue their losing run because they are now at a crucial part of the season. The middle part of the regular season could help them secure a spot in the playoffs. Nuggets are coming from a loss against the Timberwolves. On the other hand, the Clippers are coming from a loss against the Heat on their previous game. This meeting will be on January 6, 2023, at 11:00 AM (GMT+8), where it was the Nuggets hosting this match.

The hosts are currently at a very safe place, being atop of the Western Conference standings. Currently, they won 24 of their 37 matches, a very good record, but they can no longer afford to lose if they want to secure that top spot. They won 14 of their 17 home games, a good record coming into this game. As for the visitors, they are at the 6th spot, with 21 wins from their 39 matches. Although they are at a safe place, they still have a chance to go up to the standings if they win in their next matches.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
Photo courtesy USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets are hoping to finally return on winning ways when they go against the Clippers in this game. Before their loss against the Timberwolves, they are actually in a winning streak on that match. However, they failed to continue that winning streak, which is why they are hoping to finally win once again. During their match against the Timberwolves, it was their lousy defense who brings them the loss on their last meeting. They allowed 58 points from the paint, and 29 assists, a record they should not have. Overall, they won seven of their last nine games, and are hoping to extend that in this match. In offense, they do not struggle as they are the 6th, with 116.4 points per game. On the other hand, in defense, they are the 17th, as they are giving up 114.5 points per game.

Nikola Jokic is the one leading the Nuggets, as he is averaging 25.6 points per game, along with 10.8 rebounds, and 9.5 assists. With that statistics, it is not surprising that the leads the MVP race. Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon are also providing for Nuggets with 18.0 and 17.1 points per game respectively.

Los Angeles Clippers

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

This squad is looking to finally stop their losing streak, as continuing this streak would drop them more in the standings. During that match against the Heat, they actually rallied from a 21-point deficit. They were able to hold the Heat to just 14 points in the third-quarter points. However, the problem is the fact that they were outscored in the 4th quarter, scoring only 17 during that period. They are still lucky though that they are doing well in the free-throw line, shooting 30 of their 34 attempts on their last meeting. The Clippers already dropped their last three games, a record they no longer want to continue here. When it comes to offense, they are at the 28th, having 109.5 points per game. As for their defense, they are doing well, being at the 4th, giving up 109.4 points per game.

Paul George continuously lead the Clippers having 24.4 points per game, along with 6.1 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Kawhi Leonard is also contributing for the Clippers, as he is chipping in 17.3 points per game.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 115.5
Odds: 0.95

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