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NBA Betting — Nuggets Hope to Have Lawson in Action as They Play Host to Clippers

The Denver Nuggets have a lot of work to do if they want to get into the Western Conference playoffs. And they realize that to do that, they are going to have to win home games like the one they have against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, in NBA betting action that begins at 9:05 PM ET at the Pepsi Center. Denver hopes to have its trigger-man back for this one, because they would like to be able to play at the accelerated pace they have re-adopted and feel more comfortable with.

The Clippers come into this game with a record of 34-16 straight up and 29-21 against the basketball pointspread. The Nuggets are 22-23 straight up and 21-23-1 against the NBA odds.

In the NBA lines that have been established at WagerWeb on this game, the Clippers are the slight favorite on the road:

Los Angeles Clippers -1.5
Denver Nuggets +1.5

Over 216 points -110
Under 216 points -110

The Clippers have won eleven of their last 13 games, and that has almost perfectly coincided with the absence of Chris Paul, the All-Star point guard who was knocked out of action with a shoulder injury. Coach Doc Rivers has managed to manipulate his personnel to get along without Paul, using Darren Collison, for the most part, at the point guard spot. This team has been shooting extremely well; in fact, in five of the last six games they have hit at least 49% of their shots from the floor. One of these performances came on Saturday night, as they took a 102-87 verdict over the Utah Jazz, hitting 51.4%. The Clippers have covered four of their last six games against the NBA betting pointspread.

WagerWeb customers have noticed Blake Griffin elevating his game from a scoring standpoint while Paul has been gone. In these last fifteen games, he has averaged 25.3 points, and this team has also been getting some terrific performances from Jamaal Crawford off the bench. He had 27 points against the Jazz, and the contributions of the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year can simply not be ignored.

Denver had been on a streak of 13 straight games scoring 100 points or more, but they have been missing speedy point guard Ty Lawson in the last two contests, and that streak has come to an end. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Nuggets have slowed down their game; indeed, against Charlotte last Wednesday, they took 100 shots from the field. The problem is, they only made 39 of them, in their first sub-40% effort since New Year’s Day. They followed that three nights ago with 25 turnovers against the Toronto Raptors, losing a 100-90 decision. Lawson has been upgraded to probable for this game.

These teams have met prior to this; in that game, the Clippers gained a 56-43 halftime lead and never looked back. Crawford had six triples on the evening, while Denver was atrocious from beyond the three-point arc, hitting just six of 30 attempts. The Clippers were nine-point favorite in the NBA betting lines, and they easily covered with a 112-91 victory at the Staples Center.

If it turns out Lawson can’t make post on Monday night, the Nuggets will go with Randy Foye at point guard. Against the Raptors he had 16 assists but also committed eight turnovers. It should be noted by basketball bettors that Denver also lost some of this explosiveness off the bench when Nate Robinson was declared out for the season with a torn ACL just this past Friday.

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