LA Clippers 1.18, Denver Nuggets 5.10
The Los Angeles Clippers will be one of the form teams headed into the NBA playoffs and they’ll try to maintain that momentum on Tuesday when the Denver Nuggets come to Staples Center.
With 19 wins out of 23, the Clips seem destined to end up as the third seed in the West and one more victory would see the once-habitual doormats break their franchise record of 57 in a single campaign, illustrating their rise.
They’re also among the most intriguing title hopefuls. Currently 4.50 to claim the Conference crown and 8.50 for the championship, there’s no doubt LA is among the six viable contenders in what promises to be the most open playoffs in years.
Blake Griffin is averaging 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds on the season, Chris Paul is adding 20.1 points and 9.1 assists over his last ten outings and the Clippers bench, while deficient defensively, has contributed 28 points per night against .500+ opponents.
And with just seven home losses, LA has become their fortress and the Clippers should be good value on a handicap of -8.5.
Denver, despite missing the post-season, is finishing with a surge after three straight wins but they’ve claimed only four of their last 18 on the road, suggesting their hosts can keep on a roll.
Brooklyn Nets 1.38, New York Knicks 3.05
Brooklyn are another dangerous floater in the playoffs after their second half surge and they can secure fifth seed in the East with a win over the New York Knicks.
The Nets, who are 9.50 to take the Conference, have lost just once in their last 18 at home and with the Knicks’ minds already turning to the summer, motivation should be an issue for the men from Manhattan.
Take Brooklyn on a handicap of -6.5 and look under 190.5 total points based on recent form.
Best bet: Go over 217.5 total points in LA Clippers – Denver at 1.70