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Denver Nuggets Odds
After a loss in Game 3 on Monday, the Denver Nuggets are in danger of falling into a three-games-to-one hole for the second consecutive playoff series. The Nuggets led the Los Angeles Clippers 101-99 with five minutes remaining, before L.A. ended the game on a 14-6 run to win 113-107.
Denver also had a 97-90 lead earlier in the final period. Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 12 rebounds, while Michael Porter Jr. had 18 points — including a monster dunk over Montrezl Harrell. But Jamal Murray scored 14 on 5-of-17 shooting and has averaged 17.7 per game in this series after he averaged 31.6 per game in the opening round vs. the Utah Jazz.
Jokic had been questionable before the game with a sore right wrist.
Los Angeles Clippers Odds
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers vowed that defense would make the difference in Game 3 on Monday and that came to fruition. The Clippers held the Nuggets to 31.8 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and had a 29-19 advantage in the period that led to a 113-107 victory.
The defining defensive moment came when Kawhi Leonard blocked a Jamal Murray dunk attempt when the tip of his left middle finger with 1:47 remaining. Paul George carried the offense with 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting while Leonard had 23.
The Clippers are still looking for key reserves Lou Williams (11.0 points per game in the series) and Montrezl Harrell (12.0) to get on track.
Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Pick for Game 4
Surprised by the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the opening round, the Clippers won’t get jumped again in Game 4 of the second round. But the Nuggets have shown they have enough to stay close.
Nuggets vs. Clippers Betting Pick for Game 4: Nuggets (+300), Clippers (-375)
Clippers 110, Nuggets 106
Nuggets vs. Clippers Best Bet for Game 4
Both teams have shown the value of defense since the playoffs began and as the second-round series gets deeper so will the intense play without the ball. The Clippers have the edge in personnel, though.
Nuggets vs. Clippers Best Bet for Game 4: Clippers MONEY LINE/UNDER 221.5 (+130)