Two hot teams in the Western Conference will face off tonight as the Los Angeles Clippers (32-17) play host to the Denver Nuggets (29-18). Both teams have gone 7-3 in their last 10 outings, though Denver is now on a three-game winning streak. While only 2.5 games separate the two sides, the Nuggets may have the advantage here as LA will potentially be missing a handful of key players with Paul George (foot), Serge Ibaka (back), and Patrick Beverley (knee) all not expected to play. Marcus Morris (calf) is listed as questionable for LA.
Pick ATS: Nuggets -2
Newly-added Aaron Gordon is already off to a great start with his new team as the Nuggets have won both games since Gordon’s debut. He combined for 19 points and six rebounds in his first two outings against the Hawks and the Sixers, and his first true test will come tonight when he goes up against the likes of Kawhi Leonard. Denver’s starting lineup has been nearly unstoppable — they just blew past Philadelphia the other night, who has the second-best defense in the league. There’s no reason to think they won’t be able to do the same against the Clippers especially while LA’s missing that many players who would certainly make a difference if they were available.
Player Prop: Jamal Murray O20.5 points (-125)
Murray is Denver’s second-best scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game throughout the season thus far. He went for an impressive 30 points against the Sixers the other night, shooting 50 percent from the field while nailing five shots from beyond the arc. He’s only failed to score 20+ points once in his last seven games, and with the Clippers short-staffed tonight, it won’t be surprising if he hits that 30-mark for the second game in a row.
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