NBA Playoffs Wednesday: Greg Frank picks Clippers vs Nuggets and knows it's all about the D
Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) drives around Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) and Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Mark J. Terrill | Associated Press

NBA Playoffs Wednesday: Greg Frank picks Clippers vs Nuggets and knows it's all about the D

Where and when to watch: LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 pm on ESPN

Clippers (-8) @ Nuggets (221)

Pick: Nuggets +8

In Game 3 on Monday night, Jamal Murray had just 14 points on 5-17 shooting and 2-7 from three-point land for the Nuggets as Denver fell behind 2-1 in the series suffering a 113-107 loss against the Clippers. If I would have told you those were going to be Murray’s stats from the field, you probably would have expected the Nuggets to get obliterated. That’s what happened in Game 1 of this series as Murray went just 5-15 from the field and 2-8 from the three-point line and the Clippers won going away 120-97.

The fact that Denver was very much in the game on Monday makes the Nuggets a great value tonight catching this many points. After the Game 1 blowout loss, the Nuggets have certainly proved they belong on the same floor as the Clippers and with a chance to even the series tonight, why would that change? Defense is usually a calling card for Denver, and therefore the 120 and 113 points the Clippers scored in Games 1 and 3 is a concern, but if the Nuggets can keep a high-scoring game close like they did on Monday with Murray having an off night, why can’t they do the same tonight? I wouldn’t be surprised if Denver got even tonight so I’m certainly going to take the eight points.

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