Denver Nuggets Odds
Jamal Murray flashed his star credentials in a first-round series victory against the Utah Jazz, even if he scored just 17 points in Game 7 Tuesday night on 7-of-21 shooting.
The Nuggets do not advance out of a three-games-to-one hole without him scoring 31.6 points per game in the series — with a pair of 50-point games — and dishing out 6.3 assists per contest. Nikola Jokic was there in Game 7 when the Nuggets needed him, scoring 30 points with 14 rebounds while making the game-winning basket with 27.8 seconds remaining.
Murray averaged just 13.3 points in three games against the Clippers in the regular season, including a 10-point game in the second-to-last contest of the regular season. The Nuggets defeated the Clippers once in three tries in the regular season.
Los Angeles Clippers Odds
The Clippers flashed some defense to close out the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, holding them to 43.4-percent shooting in the final two games, both L.A. victories. And that was without defensive-minded guard Patrick Beverley, who is close to returning from a strained left calf, according to head coach Doc Rivers.
Kawhi Leonard (32.8 points) oozed consistency, with nearly the same performance each game of the first round, shooting 53.8 percent from the field in the series. Paul George was shaky in the first-round series, but did seem to emerge from a shooting slump with 35 points while going 12 of 18 from the field in Game 5.
In the Clippers’ only loss to the Nuggets in three tries during the regular season, George did not play.
Nuggets at Clippers Betting Pick for September 3, 2020
The Nuggets will start the series just two days after an emotional Game 7, not to mention a series that was emotional in its entirety, while the Clippers have been waiting and recharging.
Nuggets at Clippers Betting Pick: Clippers (-7.5), Nuggets (+7.5)
Clippers 119, Nuggets 107
Nuggets at Clippers Best Bet
Defense helped close out the first-round series for each team, yet digging so deep on both sides of the floor doesn’t figure to be as much of a priority in a Game 1 of a series.
And it will be especially tough for the Nuggets to turn around two days after a massive commitment on the defensive end and find the same energy again, against an entirely different opponent. The Clippers were scoring at will in the first round and with some extra rest, they figure to do it again.
FLM Best Bet: Total OVER 223 (-110)