Denver Nuggets (0-0) vs Los Angeles Clippers (0-0)Date : 10/17/2018
Time : 10:30 PM ET
Location : Staples Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will welcome the Nuggets to Staples Center for their season opener. The new look Clippers are set to take on the Nuggets who were only a game short of making the postseason last year. Game tips off at 10:30 PM ET.
Denver Nuggets's Latest Performance :
The Nuggets will make some noise in the Western Conference this season, after years of developing they are ready to become one of the top teams in the West leading the way for Denver is Nikola Jokić. He is set to have a breakout season and lead the Nuggets back into the playoffs. His passing ability is one of his best assets, which helps others around him. Jokic will be a triple-double threat on most nights, and while he needs a little work defensively, there is no doubt he is a top five center right now. Paul Millsap is now in year two for his Denver contract he will look to have a better season this time around after missing out a chunk of the season due to injury. Playing against the Clippers on the road Denver will look to use their guards Murray and Harris to do most of the damage. The Nuggets drafted Michael Porter Jr, but with his back injury that had him miss his freshman year, they took a risk that could be a huge payoff although he might not be coming back just yet he could end up being the steal of the draft.
Player to watch: Nikola Jokić, he should be flirting with a triple-double every night so I will look for him to dominate right from the get-go against the Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers's Latest Performance :
The Clippers are looking like a brand new team compared to last season, they traded for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander which was the Hornets 11th pick in the draft and added Marcin Gortat as a replacement for Jordan. Alexander should work his way into some lineups regardless of health. He is a very good offensive player. Lou Williams has been one of the best scorers off the bench, and he is the offense for the Clippers. Tobias Harris quietly came into LA and put his head down to work. Harris was in Detroit and got send over via the Blake Griffin trade. Harris is an underrated option at the position and should have a carved out role in the offense. Playing against the Nuggets will allow the new Clippers to test themselves to see if they are able to compete in the West or not. The Clippers ended their preseason 3-0.
Player to watch: Tobias Harris, look for him to be the primary scorer for this Clippers team as Doc Rivers will focus on ball movement and he will get most of his point production through catch and shoot.
How Denver Nuggets & Los Angeles Clippers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clippers are 17-4-1 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific.
Against The Spread Selection: Denver Nuggets
My reason for the pick :
The Denver Nuggets should be able to edge out the Clippers on the road in their season opener. Nikola Jokić will prove to be too much to handle as he will look to score early, as a result, this will open up the floor for his teammates to start hitting wide open threes. This game will go down to the wire but however, I see the Nuggets coming up on top. The Clippers will have to wait on Alexander until he is comfortable in running the point guard position. The team chemistry for the Clippers isn’t quite there in the first game of the season.
Betting trends for Denver Nuggets:
- Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Clippers:
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.