Clippers Seeking A Road Win, While The Nuggets Will Continue to Defend Home Court

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 1:55 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019 1:55 PM UTC

The Clippers are looking to climb up the Western Conference Standings, while the Nuggets want to maintain their position as the number two seed.

Los Angeles Clippers (44-30 SU, 42-32 ATS) at Minnesota (33-40 SU, 35-38 ATS)

Tuesday 8:00 P.M. ET

Free NBA Pick: Clippers ATS

Recommended Sportsbook: 5Dimes

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The Los Angeles Clippers' climb up the ladder in the Western Conference standings will make its next stop at Minnesota against a Timberwolves team that just emerged from a losing streak. Hovering toward the bottom of playoff-eligible teams as recently as last week, the Clippers moved into the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference after a 124-113 victory Sunday at New York against the Knicks.

With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Clippers are just two games behind the Portland Trailblazers for fourth place in the conference at the start of play Monday. If they want to continue thinking big, they were three games out of third place. As the fifth-place team, the Clippers would avoid an opening-round series against any of the top three teams in the West, although they would be in line to face the Golden State Warriors in the second round. That team growth will take a bit of a hit moving forward after rookie guard Landry Shamet came away with a left ankle impingement during Sunday's game.

Shamet, who was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in February, is not expected to play Tuesday at Minnesota and could miss "a couple of games," according to head coach Doc Rivers. Shamet has scored 11.7 points per game in 18 contests (16 starts) with the Clippers. That total is more than two points better than his season average of 9.0 as the sharpshooter has been a key addition to the team's revamped roster. Shamet has joined another rookie in the Clippers' backcourt, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is in the midst of a string of seven consecutive double-digit scoring games, his longest such run this season.

With Shamet being out the Clippers will depend more heavily on the leading sixth man of the year candidate Lou Williams who has been nothing short of spectacular for the Clippers this season. The Clippers are an amazing 22-16 ATS on the road this season and will look to improve on that record as they should have no problem covering the two point spread against the lowly Timberwolves.

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Detroit (37-36 SU, 37-34-2 ATS) at Denver (49-23 SU, 38-34 ATS)

Tuesday 9:00 P.M. ET

Free NBA Pick: Nuggets ATS

Recommended Sportsbook: Bovada

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The Pistons are trying to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but they have lost three of their past four games, all on the road. They came up empty over the weekend against Portland and Golden State, two of the Western Conferences top teams. They will try to salvage the final game of the trip on Tuesday when they play Denver, which is battling the Warriors for the top seed in the West. Detroit (37-36) outscored the Warriors 65-58 in the second half on Sunday, but it couldn't erase a poor second quarter, in which it was outscored 34-21. The Nuggets (49-23) return home from a 3-1 road trip, but they were hammered by Indiana 124-88 on Sunday, an emphatic thud after a six-game winning streak.

There are still some elements to Griffin’s game that are endearing for the Pistons and a large part of that has to be his ability to run the offense and set up Andre Drummond. Griffin is averaging 5.4 assists per game over his last ten games and has been the focal point of the Pistons offense which has been run out of the high-post. Detroit can be successful with this style of play, they just need more depth to be able to stay in games when Drummond and Griffin are on the bench.

The Nuggets want to play more consistent down the stretch of the regular season as they get prepared for their first playoff run in more than five years as a franchise, and that means taking care of business against an inferior Pistons team at home. Denver is 23-13 ATS at home and will look to improve on that record against the Pistons, who are just 17-18-1 ATS on the road.

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