Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets
Tip-off: Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
YouWager bettors are quite impressed with the Denver Nuggets‘ home winning streak and they also consider that the quality of competition they’ve faced during the run makes it even more outstanding.
Tonight, the Nuggets will look for a 12th straight home victory versus a Los Angeles Clippers team that has won five straight games away from home.
Lately Denver (40-22), which is 26-3 at the Pepsi Center, has done quite a good job no matter where they’ve played, winning six straight and 16 of their last 20 overall after beating the Sacramento Kings 120-113 on the road Tuesday.
Ty Lawson is averaging 23.8 points over his last 11 games after scoring 24, and Danilo Gallinari added 23 for the Nuggets, who rank third in the league at 105.7 points per game.
Denver’s home winning streak began with an overtime win versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 20, and they also knocked off Oklahoma City 105-103 on Friday.
The Nuggets, who haven’t won 12 straight at home since March 16-April 19, 2005, also have victories versus the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks during the streak — all clubs currently in NBA playoff position.
The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles (44-19) has won nine of their last 11 after Wednesday’s 117-101 win versus the Bucks, as Blake Griffin recorded his third career triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.
Jamal Crawford, who scored a game-high 22 points in the Clippers’ 112-100 victory versus the Nuggets on Christmas Day, netted a game-high 25 points off the bench Wednesday and is averaging 23.0 while shooting 59.3 percent over his last four. He praised Griffin’s all-around effort.
Even though the 23 year-old Griffin has had difficulties somewhat in this series, coach George Karl is expecting an impressive job from Chris Paul, who is averaging 20.0 points and 10.0 assists in his last four NBA games.
Los Angeles has won six of the last eight meetings versus Denver.