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Clippers vs Nuggets Betting Odds – Struggling Clippers no match for Nuggets

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/20/2010 3:10:05 PM

NBA Odds: Nuggets

The Clippers vs Nuggets betting odds could have been an intriguing matchup about a week ago as the Clippers were winners of four straight at that point. Then they blew a 16-point lead in Memphis and suffered a disheartening defeat, which led to four straight losses. Then came the loss of No. 1 pick overall Blake Griffin, who will miss the entire season. Online betting cappers should stay away from the Clippers until they recover from this swoon.

WHAT: NBA Betting
WHEN: Thursday, January 21st, 7:00 PM ET
WHERE: Pepsi Center – Denver, CO

The Storyline - Clippers vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown
The Clippers are reeling right now. After winning four straight, they were expecting to get a boost with No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin at the end of this month. Instead, everyone is talking about the curse of the Clippers once again. They are now struggling to find the rhythm they had.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets are back on a role. Sportsbook odds makers watched them struggle through injuries but now that Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Ty Lawson are back, the Nuggets are again one of the best in the West.

Offensive Matchups - Clippers vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown
The Clippers offense is generally based on their frontcourt. When Chris Kaman is scoring and providing balance, the backcourt of Baron Davis and Eric Gordon light it up. Kaman came back from injury in his last contest and tore up the young New Jersey Nets. It might be a little tougher doing the same in Denver.

For Denver, their offense is pretty much as good as it gets. They are backcourt heavy as well but they have a superstar in Anthony that shoulders the load and have a legit supporting cast. Billups is an excellent number two scorer while rookie Ty Lawson has been an absolute steal for the Nuggets.

Betting Edge: Nuggets

Defensive Matchups - Clippers vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown
The Clippers aren’t great defensively – especially on the perimeter – but this contest won’t really be much about that. It will be a problem if they don’t find a way to slow down Anthony and at this point, there a no evident solutions. Kaman and Marcus Camby will have to have a big game protecting the basket inside. The Clippers lead the league in blocked shots per game.

Denver doesn’t really bother much with defense as they pretty much score at will. They also play a sneaky brand of defense as they are second in the league in steals per game (8.9). At home, they are tough to outscore and that’s the type of defense they play.

Betting Edge: Even

Notable Injuries - Clippers vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown

The Nuggets are healthy while the Clippers are obviously without Griffin, as they have been all season long. Al Thornton is day-to-day with an ankle injury and may not play.

Betting Edge: Nuggets

Betting Prediction - Clippers vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown

This is too tough a hurdle for the Clippers. When they were confident a week ago, there was a chance they gave the Clippers a run for their money. Without that full head of steam, they’ll get left in the dust in this game.

Craig’s Pick: Nuggets

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