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The 44-19 LA Clippers will travel on a back to back when they face a rested 40-22 Denver Nuggets in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Denver is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The NBA odds from this game has the home team Denver Nuggets favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 212 ½ points. Early money has landed on the Clippers as when the odds opened Denver was made a -4 point favorite.
The teams have met twice this season with each team winning and covering the point spread on their home court.
LA Clippers have a road record of 20-12 on the current campaign. They win for the fifth time in six games after a 117-101 home victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday as a -9 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished over 205 points. The Clips were hot from the field by making 54% of their shots and 12 of 29 from three point distance. They allowed Milwaukee 48.1% shooting and pulled down 8 more rebounds than the Bucks. Jamal Crawford off the bench scored 25 points and had 4 rebounds on 11 of 16 shooting. The Clippers have been putting up points as the team has exceeded 104 or more points in eight of their past ten games. LA is fifth in offensive field goal percentage as they hit on 47.6% of their shots. On defense they allow 94.1 points a game good for fourth in the league.
The Nuggets are 26-3 playing on their home court this season. Denver wins their six straight following a 120-113 road win on Tuesday to the Sacramento Kings as a -5 point betting favorite. The game finished over 224 points. Denver enjoyed a 54.1% shooting game and 8 of 16 makes from three in a back to back situation. They allowed 45.9% shooting to the Kings and forced 18 Sacramento turnovers. Ty Lawson led Denver with 24 points and 7 assists on 8 of 16 from the floor. At home Denver likes to run and will run facing a Clipper team on a back to back in altitude. The Nuggets average 108.8 points and 48.2% shooting on their home court this season. A blemish on the Nuggets is the fact they are the worst free throw shooting in the NBA as they make just 68.9% from the charity stripe.
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