Denver Nuggets -5
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I'd say it's fair to say this is a pretty important game in the Western Conference. Denver is one game up on Golden State for the top spot while the Clippers aren't too far behind, in fourth position, just 3.5 back of the Nuggets. But Denver has always enjoyed one of the league's strongest home court advantages and I'm a little surprised they're not favored by more here. They're 16-3 SU at the Pepsi Center so far this year and are outscoring teams here by a double digit margin. In their last game, the Nuggets won at Miami, 103-99 as a two-point dogs. That's a good sign for tonight as they're a perfect 5-0 against the spread when coming off an outright win as an underdog. The Clippers come in riding a three-game win streak, but those wins were against Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte, all sub-.500 teams. LA had better than usual defensive performances in those three wins, but I wouldn't expect such an effort to take place here considering they still allow more than 115 PPG on the road. This is a revenge game for the Nuggets as they lost to the Clippers by 21 at the Staples Center right before Christmas. Revenge will be sweet tonight.
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