Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets 1/19/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Matchup Preview (1/19/22)
The Denver Nuggets will host the Los Angeles Clippers in Ball Arena for the second game of ESPN‘s Wednesday night slate. The last time these two squads faced each other, the Nuggets blew a 25-point lead to the Clippers, who came back and won by two points; this was merely one week ago. Now, the Nuggets will be playing on their home floor and will hopefully be inspired after that historic meltdown. They still will be without Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr, and JaMychal Green for this matchup, with Austin Rivers being listed as day-to-day. Rivers should be expected to play as he participated in practice today. The Clippers also have plenty of complications regarding injuries; they are without Paul George, who is now likely to miss a significant portion of the season, Kawhi Leonard, and Luke Kennard, due to the COVID-19 protocols. This game should be low-scoring, as evidenced by the 172 total points in their last matchup, but that does not mean it won’t still be entertaining, especially considering Nikola Jokic is on the floor! Check out below for more betting tips and game-specific information.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
Currently, the line sits at -7, favoring the Denver Nuggets at home. While I think Denver will grab a revenge game, especially at home, this is way too wide of a spread for my liking. We have already covered that the Nuggets struggle scoring against top-five defenses, so why would I like them at -7 against a team that just beat them and held them to under 90 points? The answer is that I wouldn’t. Take the Clippers at +7. Additionally, the point total rests comfortably at 212, which is a bit high, in my opinion. As evidenced by the last game that these two teams played, there is no reason to believe that they will score 212 points combined.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
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Los Angeles Clippers Starting Lineup
Los Angeles Clippers Analysis
I have to imagine that the Clippers are weighing their options right now. They could try to limp into the playoffs and hope that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are fully healthy by then or hang it up for the season and work on getting another piece to add to the team this off-season. Los Angeles will likely not try to completely tank at this point, especially considering the superb level its defense plays at; however, these next few weeks will be huge in determining which direction the Clippers will go. Currently, the Clippers rank fifth in defensive efficiency, third in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and second in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage.) If they get George and Leonard back and can squeak into the playoffs, then they may have a chance to make some real noise. George and Leonard are consistently two of the best perimeter defenders, so adding them back into the equation would be scary.
Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup
Denver Nuggets Analysis
Denver should be looking for revenge after it blew a 25-point lead to the Clippers last week. The Nuggets were in control, and Los Angeles was struggling mightily offensively. Things quickly changed, and the Nuggets ended up losing on the road by two points. By his standards, Nikola Jokic did not have a great game in last week’s loss despite having a favorable matchup. The key for Denver will be whether or not it can score consistently on this elite Clippers’ defense. If the Nuggets get to triple digits, I think they will win comfortably; however, if we see another low-scoring game, they could risk taking a home loss.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets Daily Fantasy Picks
If you want to get tremendous value for a bench player in DFS, take Clippers forward Amir Coffey. Coffey was un-drafted in the 2019 NBA draft and is in his third season after a terrific career at Minnesota. His appeal is that he can do it all on the floor and, with the absence of Paul George, has taken on a much more significant role for Los Angeles. Coffey’s averages are somewhat underwhelming on the season, putting up 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. However, in Coffey’s last five appearances, he has averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. There is absolutely no denying Coffey’s value right now, and you can get him for a dirt-cheap salary in DFS. Coffey should see more floor time with an expanded role on offense as long as Paul George is out, so don’t miss out on this production.
There are a few different options you could go with in DFS regarding players on the Denver Nuggets. One player that I will highlight today is Will Barton. Barton is one of the more underrated offensive players in the NBA and does not get nearly the amount of love and appreciation as he should. Barton has averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game on a respectable 43/37/79 shooting split this season. While Barton may not be a 30-point scorer for the Nuggets, he still can bring a ton of value to your DFS lineup. If Barton has a game where he puts up 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists, then you will be getting a substantial value for a player with a much lower salary. Additionally, and luckily, Barton avoided a significant head/neck injury last Thursday in the Nuggets’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He has looked completely normal in the past few games, so there is no concern of reinjury or lingering issues with him.