Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 12/26/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, December 26, 2021
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Crypto.com Arena is the location where the Los Angeles Clippers (17-15) will attempt to defeat the Denver Nuggets (15-15) on Sunday.
The Nuggets took the court against the Thunder and took a loss by a final of 108-94 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Nuggets left the arena with 18 while the Thunder recorded 11 fouls. They also knocked down 8 of 34 shots from distance. Oklahoma City finished the game at 84.2% at the charity stripe by making 16 of their 19 tries. Moreover, Oklahoma City had 45 rebounds (15 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Oklahoma City recorded 60 assists and had 22 steals for the contest. In terms of defense, Denver let their opponent shoot 44.7% from the floor on 42 of 94 shooting. They also distributed 21 assists for this game in addition to forcing 4 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 39 with 4 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets buried 15 of 26 attempts for a rate of 57.7%. Denver finished the game having earned a 39.3% field goal percentage (33 of 84) and converted 13 of 44 shots from beyond the arc.
Monte Morris is a player who was a major factor for this game. He left the arena with 10 points on 3 of 5 shooting. He saw the court for 25 mins and also snagged 2 rebounds. Morris finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and distributed 5 assists.
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Denver comes into this game with a record of 15-15 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Denver is grabbing 42.0 boards per game and has totaled 770 assists for the year, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Nuggets are hitting 34.7% from downtown (379 of 1,093) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 106.4 pts per contest (21st in the league) while going 46.5% from the floor.
Defensively, the Nuggets are forcing 0.5 turnovers per game and they draw 0.6 personal fouls. They rank 21st in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 25 surrendered for the season. The Nuggets are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.8% (42 of 89) and they relinquish 1.5 boards per contest as a group. They are giving up 34.2% on shots from distance while they are 25th in the league in points per game allowed (3.7).
The last time they took the court, the Clippers got the victory with a final of 105-89 when they played the Kings. When it comes to rebounding, Los Angeles allowed Sacramento to collect 33 in total (7 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 31.6% from beyond the arc by shooting 12 out of 38 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). The Clippers allowed the Kings to make 34 out of their 85 tries from the floor which had them shooting 40.0% in the game. When the final whistle was blown, the Clippers went 42 for 82 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.2%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles knocked down 7 out of their 24 tries (29.2%). They were able to make 14 of the free throws for a rate of 87.5%. The Kings committed 16 fouls in this game which took the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They gave up possession 12 times, while recording 10 steals for this contest. The Clippers pulled down 37 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 43 for this game.
Paul George ended up being important for the Clippers for this game. He buried 6 out of 18 in this matchup giving him a rate of 33.3%, and tallied 4 rebounds. George scored 17 points in his 32 mins of playing time and added 6 assists in the game.
Los Angeles has a record of 17-15 so far this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Clippers are hitting on 45.1% from the field, which ranks them 20th in the league. Los Angeles has 3,377 points so far this year (105.5 per game) and they snag 43.9 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 23.0 times per game (18th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.9 times per game. The Clippers are committing 18.0 fouls per contest and they hit 78.5% from the free throw line.
The Clippers on defense are ranked 4th in the league in points per game surrendered with 3.3. They are able to force 0.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.1% from the floor (8th in basketball). The Los Angeles defense allows 33.7% from downtown (12 of 34) and their opposition knocks down 78.7% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 0.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 5th and 18th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Denver
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