Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets - 1/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets - 1/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

But the contest played between the Nuggets and Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples Center was anything but. The game will air on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line.

Dallas' loss wasted a brilliant game from Dennis Smith Jr., who scored 25 points on an efficient 11-of-18 shooting night that included this powerful slam. Dwight Powell and Wesley Matthews made sure at least one referee knew what their true feelings were by going right up to his face. Lou Williams is averaging 23.3 points and five assists while Blake Griffin is averaging 22.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. Sindarius Thornwell split two free throws and Johnson made two to seal Los Angeles' victory. The Clippers rank fourth in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.223), but Denver is among the best in the National Basketball Association at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking fourth by yielding a FTA rate of 0.168).

Denver went to Will Barton with the game on the line. Unlike Denver, Clippers games tend to finish over the O/U total (55.8 percent).

Gary Harris had a terrific first half as Malone actually started the game as the point guard, Jamal Murray is out with a concussion, and Harris finished the half with a nice 15 points. The Nuggets had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.8 vs. 9.8) and had a much better free throw rate (0.256 vs. 0.119).

The Nuggets wound up committing 21 turnovers in the game, a staggering 16 of which came in the second half.

The Nuggets had six players in double figures, led by Harris's 19 points. Los Angeles ranks last in fast break points allowed per game (14.7).

The Nuggets had their chances. From there, the Mavericks held strong throughout the entirety of the opening quarter as Denver's miscues allowed them to settle into a groove early in the game.

Denver averages 7.8 steals per game, which ranks 13th in the league.

Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under over their last five games. They're also 1-3-1 against the number in their last five games versus Western Conference foes. For the season, Denver has defeated opponents by an average of 0.7 points. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 107.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting.

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