Basketball Betting Odds — Clippers Anxious to Continue Hot Streak on Trip to Denver

The Los Angeles Clippers are the hottest team in the NBA, without a doubt. They have now won 11 straight games, and they are taking no prisoners, even when they are short of personnel. At one point they were hoping just to be able to have the home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, but in light of what they have done in the past few weeks, they are aiming even higher; perhaps for the top overall spot in the Western Conference. On Monday night they will go after their 12th win in a row when they travel to the Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets in basketball betting action that is set to get underway at 10:35 PM ET.

The Clippers are 48-20 straight-up, which puts them just one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West, and they have become very profitable against the NBA odds, with a mark of 39-28. The Nuggets have had a disappointing season in their first-year under head coach Brian Shaw. They are 29-37 straight-up, and 29-36-1 against the points.

In the basketball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at Bookmaker, the Clippers are the road favorites:

Los Angeles Clippers -5
Denver Nuggets +5

Over 217.5 points -110
Under 217.5 points -110

It was like child’s play on Sunday night for the Clippers when they rolled to a 102-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, doing so without the availability of people like Darren Collison (who came up sick right before the game), Jamal Crawford (who has sat out four games with a calf injury) and JJ Redick (out for the last six weeks). But who needs backcourt reinforcements, when you’ve got Blake Griffin? The star power forward celebrated his 25th birthday with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Cleveland was held to 35% shooting.

Basketball bettors have noticed that the Clippers are now putting the pressure on the conference leaders. They are sitting in third place, but are only three games behind the San Antonio Spurs. It is not inconceivable, with 14 games left in the regular season, that the Clippers could mount a legitimate challenge for that top spot, which could ultimately result in a home-court edge throughout the entire playoffs. When they get completely healthy, which means having Crawford and Redick back in the rotation, and have had a chance to get recent acquisitions Danny Granger and Glen Davis fully accustomed to the system, they will be operating on all cylinders. They are getting some respect from those placing their NBA futures bets, as they are priced at +675 to win the NBA championship at Bookmaker.

We are not going to sit here and tell you that Denver is making a late charge, although they have won two of their last three games and covered the last three against the basketball betting lines. There must’ve been a bit of a shock by the fact that the Nuggets went to Miami and scored a victory against the two-time defending champion Heat, as they were not able to sustain that momentum, losing 97-92 to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. One guy who came up ice cold for the Nuggets was Ty Lawson, as the point guard went 0-for-12 from the field. He is likely to bounce back to some extent, as he has averaged 27 points over his last three home games.

When these teams met last, on February 3, Griffin had 36 points, while Lawson and Kenneth Faried combined for 55, and the Nuggets pulled down 17 offensive rebounds in a 116-115 Denver win. The Clippers have lost on 12 of their last 14 trips to the Mile High City. And they have played seven of their last eight games under the total.
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