While no line has been released for this game, early indications are that it will be Denver -5. I think the Nuggets will be extremely motivated after their poor loss last time out and should be poised for a bounce-back game.
Charlotte are one of the worst home teams in the NBA, going just 9-20 straight up and 13-16 ATS. Although their home form is much better, Denver have still won a solid 60% of their road games this season.
All things look good from an injury perspective for Denver, with only Noah Vonleh expected to miss this one. Devonte Graham is questionable for Charlotte here, which would really be a huge hit to their offense.
With this being only the first game of their road trip, I don’t see fatigue being a major issue for what should be a motivated Denver side. They should be fighting very hard for playoff seeding and I’d expect a win and cover here.
The Clippers open as 1-point underdogs here and I like them to win this match outright. They’ve been in some excellent recent form and enter this clash rested and injury-free.
Both of these sides play a relatively similar brand of basketball, the Clippers are just better equipped to do it. They’ve got a huge edge on the wing, which could result in big days for Kawhi and PG.
The LA defence has been very impressive lately and I think they’ve got the tools to shut down Harden and Co here. They have two full rest days after this one, meaning they can afford to extend their starter’s minutes.
Although they’ve been in better form of late, Houston’s loss to the Knicks showed how vulnerable their defence can be. I expect another great display from the Clippers wings here, ultimately resulting in an outright win.