Nuggets vs. Clippers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 26 (Denver Bounces Back Inside Ball Arena)

Larry Rupp
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Brandon Dill

Nuggets vs. Clippers Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Ball Arena -- Denver, Colorado
  • Coverage: ESPN, ALT, and BSSC

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Sunday with nine more games, including a battle between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets. The Clippers rank fifth in the Western Conference with a 33-29 record, while the Nuggets check in first with an 42-19 record. This one could go either way.

Los Angeles enters as a loser in three of its last five games following a wild 176-175 loss (OT) to the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Meanwhile, Denver saw its four-game winning streak end thanks to a 112-94 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Which NBA title contender will win on Sunday?

Nuggets vs. Clippers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: DEN: (-152) | LAC: (+128)
  • Spread: DEN: -3 (-110) | LAC: +3 (-110)
  • Total: 234 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Nuggets enter this contest as small home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 234 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Nuggets vs Clippers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Nuggets -4.5 - - 227.5 -110 -110 -194 162

Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Trends

  • The Nuggets put together a 36-44-2 ATS record last year.
  • As 4.5-point underdogs or greater, the Clippers went 11-12 against the spread last season.
  • Nuggets games hit the over 47 out of 82 times last season.
  • The Clippers had 40 of their 82 games hit the over last season.

Nuggets vs. Clippers Prediction & Pick

Fans are in for a treat here as two teams set up for potentially deep playoff runs meet head-to-head inside Ball Arena. The Clippers' offense looked unstoppable on Friday with the addition of point guard Russell Westbrook, but its defense faltered in big moments late in the fourth quarter and in overtime.

That's been the story for the Clippers all season. LA averages the sixth-most fourth quarter points per game (27.8), but it also allows 27.6 fourth quarter points per away game. Its inability to pull away could prove costly as Denver averages 58.5 second half points per home game (No. 6 in NBA).

The Nuggets have won five straight games against the Clippers, so trust the home team here.

Final Score Prediction: Nuggets: 122 | Clippers: 116

Nuggets vs. Clippers Best Bet

The Clippers are coming off a game in which they gave up a whopping 176 points to the Kings and have now allowed at least 119 points in three of their last four contests. That is a big enough rut to fade one of the best defenses in the entire league by backing the Nuggets to ball out on offense.

Denver ranks third in offensive efficiency and has scored at least 119 points in 10 of its last 19 games. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 11.4 assists at home this season, so look for him to pick apart a defense that is without starting center Ivica Zubac due to a calf injury.

Bet: Denver Nuggets Over 118.5 Points (-110)

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