Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Predictions, NBA Picks, Odds, Tips 2/28/2020
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -5.5
Staples Center is the site where Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers (39-19, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will play the Denver Nuggets (40-18, 1st in the Northwest Division) on Friday. The line on this matchup has Los Angeles as 5.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 220.
The Nuggets cover the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 27-27-4 ATS. Los Angeles is covering 53.4% of the time, going 31-27-0 against the spread.
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Nikola Jokic averages 20.8 points per game in 32.4 minutes per contest. He averages 6.8 assists per contest and 10.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%. Gary Harris comes into this contest averaging 10.2 points per game while playing 32.0 minutes per night. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Lou Williams averages 19.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 29.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 5.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 87%. Kawhi Leonard averages 27.1 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 7.7 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nuggets allow 106.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 13th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.0 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they give up 24.7 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league. Denver averages 110.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.9 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 44.6 rebounds per game and 26.5 assists per contest, which ranks them 20th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 13.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Clippers surrender 109.8 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 23.8 assists allowed per contest, and 20th with 45.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 13th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per game. Los Angeles is 6th in the league with 115.6 points per game this year. They are 14th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 5.8. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 10th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.1 boards per game and 17th in assists per contest with 23.9. The Clippers are 12th in turnovers per game with 15.0.
The Nuggets are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 108.7, and their offensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 10th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 15th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 26th in the NBA. Denver is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 19th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 18th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 28th in the league. The Clippers are 7th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.7, and their defensive rating of 107 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 102 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 16th. As a team they are 10th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles -5.5
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