Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/26/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Ball Arena is the site where the Denver Nuggets will attempt to beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
The Clippers played the Kings and ended up losing by a score of 176-175 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Clippers finished with 27 and the Kings recorded 28 personal fouls. They knocked down 18 of 41 tries from beyond the arc. Sacramento finished the game shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 28 of 35 attempts. Additionally, Sacramento pulled down 43 rebounds (12 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Sacramento recorded 33 assists and had 18 steals in this matchup. With respect to defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 58.6% from the field on 65 of 111 shooting. They also recorded 39 assists in this matchup in addition to creating 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they collected 42 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Clippers converted 31 of their 36 attempts for a rate of 86.1%. Los Angeles ended having earned a 60.2% FG percentage (59 out of 98) and converted 26 out of their 45 shots from 3-point land.
Kawhi Leonard is one guy who had an impact for the matchup. Leonard finished 72.7% from the floor and earned 4 assists. He was on the hardwood for 46 mins and also grabbed 4 boards. He ended up finishing with 44 points on 16 of 22 shooting.
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Los Angeles comes into this one with a record of 33-29 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 43.5 rebounds per game and has accumulated 1,433 dimes this season, which is 22nd in basketball in terms of passing. The Clippers are connecting on 38.2% on shots from 3-point land (798 of 2,090) and 77.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 112.5 points per game (25th in basketball) while connecting on 47.2% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Clippers are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.6 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 15th in the league in giving up assists with 1,526 conceded so far this season. The Clippers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.2% (2,563 of 5,427) and they relinquish 43.0 rebounds per game as a group. They are relinquishing 36.5% on 3-pointers while they are 8th in the league in opponents points per game (112.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Nuggets took home the win by a final score of 115-109 when they played the Cavaliers. Concerning how they rebounded, Denver allowed Cleveland to pull down 41 in all (13 offensive). They wrapped up this game 23.1% from 3-point land by going 6 out of 26 and finished the contest at 17 out of 20 from the free throw line (85.0%). The Nuggets permitted the Cavaliers to convert 43 out of their 90 tries from the field which had them shooting 47.8% in the game. When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets went 39 for 84 from the field which had them sitting at 46.4%. With respect to three-point attempts, Denver knocked down 17 of 36 attempts (47.2%). They were able to make 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 87.0%. The Cavaliers were called for 21 personal fouls in this game which took the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 23 shots. They turned the ball over 16 times, while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Nuggets were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in this matchup.
Michael Porter Jr. ended up having an impact for the Nuggets in the game. He knocked down 8 out of 14 for this game for a rate of 57.1%, and earned 6 rebounds. Porter racked up 25 points in his 29 mins on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist.
Denver has a mark of 42-18 for the year. The Nuggets are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game and they hit 75.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 29.1 times per game (2nd in the league) and they turn it over 15.0 times per game. Denver has tallied 7,023 points on the year (117.1 per contest) and they snag 42.8 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Nuggets are shooting 51.1% from the floor, which ranks 1st in the league.
The Nuggets defensively are ranked 13th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 112.7. They have forced 13.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.0% from the field (23rd in basketball). The Denver defense gives up 34.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (690 of 1,985) and their opponents are making 76.3% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.7 assists and 40.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 18th and 1st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver
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