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Clippers Nuggets Betting Predictions – Nuggets Begin Long Home Stretch, A Key To Their Season

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/1/2013 5:09:16 PM

The Denver Nuggets, through the night of Thursday, Dec. 27, had played 20 road games and just 10 home games this season. That's about to even out,  and the parade begins on January 1.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Denver Nuggets – Tuesday, January 1    
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Why Los Angeles Will Win

No bet on this game should ignore the centrality and primacy of the fact that the Clippers are playing the best basketball in the NBA right now. Los Angeles has won 15 games in a row entering Friday's competition. The Clippers are not just winning, either – they are blasting opponents as opposed to merely scraping by. Los Angeles has won games by 35, 22, 18, 19, 26, 12, 16, 12, 26, 12, and 29 points on its streak, with close games being the exceptions and not the norm. The Clippers are playing elite-level defense as well. They have given up more than 85 points only once in their past seven games. They have given up more than 77 points only three times in their last seven. Everything about this team is functioning well. The Clippers are getting blended contributions from their roster, chiefly seen in a defense that doesn't show up in the stat sheet but is the product of quality depth. Denver has hovered around the .500 mark this season, marking the Nuggets as the very type of team – erratic, inconsistent, unsteady – that will not be able to handle the Clippers' defense on Tuesday night.

Why Denver Will Win

Even mma betting experts know that it's weird when an NBA team enters the month of January having played roughly half as many home games as road games. Teams can win individual games for the same reasons (talent, shooting ability, defense), but in this game, it seems that Denver is in a position to win because it knows that the most important stretch of the regular season has arrived.

In this game, Denver will begin an 18-game stretch – one lasting through Feb. 7 – in which it will play only three road games, on Jan. 6, 16, and 23. The other 15 contests are at home in the Mile High City. This is how the Nuggets will get back into the hunt in the Western Conference, bolstering their seeding to the point that they won't have to worry about squeezing into one of the final few playoff spots in March or early April. This is the period of the season the Nuggets have to maximize. They will be quite aware that this is their moment of opportunity. Forget tactics and Xs and Os. The Nuggets need to be psychologically ready to win this game. If they are in the right frame of mind, they'll probably play a high-energy game that will overwhelm the Clippers.

Who Will Win

This is going to be a fairly close game, but Denver's arrival at the defining point of its regular season will give the Nuggets a level of emotional fuel that will carry them past Los Angeles.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Denver



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