Clippers vs. Nuggets Player Props: Nikola Jokic Vying For Third NBA MVP

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Clippers vs. Nuggets player props place the spotlight on big man Nikola Jokic, who is pushing for his third straight NBA MVP award. Clippers-Nuggets airs on TNT as one of the two nationally televised spots.

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Clippers vs. Nuggets Player Props & Picks

Nikola Jokic Over 9.5 Assists

A strong performance will help Jokic keep pace in a loaded NBA MVP battle. Notching double-digit assists tonight is a good starting point. The Clippers are a sticky defensive unit, but we like the form Jokic and the Nuggets are in.

The Nuggets have won seven of nine and they’re 5.5-point home favorites. Jokic, meanwhile, is averaging 11 assists across his last nine games and reached 10 in seven of them. The Clippers may be without stud wing Paul George (hamstring), who’s listed as questionable. Contrarily, Jokic will have his full complement of running mates.

Nikola Jokic Under 2.5 Steals + Blocks

Not every big man is a shot-blocker. That includes Jokic, who averages more swipes than swats.

While the Clippers are not the most secure with the ball – they rank poorly in turnover percentage and steals allowed – we’re not banking on a Jokic pilfer party. He’s played nine straight games with fewer than three combined blocks and steals.

Nikola Jokic Over 0.5 Threes Made

Jokic doesn’t shoot from distance at a high volume, but he lets just enough long-range shots fly to keep defenses honest. He’s shooting 50% from beyond the arc over his last nine games, and we only need him to hit one.

He’s done that six times over the aforementioned nine-game span. He has fewer games with zero threes (three) than with two (four), so it’s easy to lean to the Over in this spot in spite of the Clippers’ stingy three-point defense.

Kawhi Leonard Under 1.5 Threes Made

Leonard appears to be rounding into some form, but he’s not in full rhythm yet. Some of that may be due to previous injuries, while some may be a result of the team’s load management practices.

To be fair, Leonard has never been a prolific three-point sniper, but his current effectiveness from distance leaves plenty to be desired. He’s shooting 31.9% on 4.3 attempts over the last nine games. And while bettors can anticipate him logging minutes in the mid-30s, his volume and efficiency from three-point land suggests Under is the play in this spot.

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