Today marks the start of a run, well, let’s hope. The Denver Nuggets face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Denver at 7 p.m. MST at the Ball Arena in hopes of getting back to .500.
This Oklahoma City team remains an enigma, sitting at 6-6 with their best win coming against the Nets (albeit without Kyrie Irving) and their low moments coming against sub-par opponents at best. While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is putting together an impressive season thus far, the Thunder lack that player that can change a game for them, hence being at 6-6. Having Al Horford out can only be a positive for Denver on the glass, and it should have the Nuggets attacking the glass for second-chance points.
On the other hand, Denver has still yet to find somebody who can support Nikola Jokic’s monster start to the season. This means that while Denver has one of the top-10 offenses in the league, they still struggle with a lack of role players and the continuing defensive frailties. That being said, this game presents a good matchup to get a win for the Nuggets.
After opening as -9 point favorites, Denver went up to -9.5 point favorites in this matchup, a hefty spread for a troublingly inconsistent team if you ask me. The public seems to be split, though, with 51% counting on the Nuggets to cover that and win big. The total for the game is placed at 220.5, with the Moneyline for the Nuggets at -455.
It should be said that the Nuggets beat the Thunder in all five encounters against them last season, by an average spread of 9.4, so maybe that -9.5 isn’t too far fetched after all. That was with Chris Paul, of course.
Here are some other trends to accompany your betting thoughts as you consider your wagers for this matchup, thanks to covers.com:
- OKC is 5-0 in Thunder last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Nuggets are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 9-1 in Nuggets last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Thunder are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Denver.
The injury list for OKC is a short one. As mentioned, Al Horford is out, as well as Trevor Ariza and Ty Jerome. As for the Nuggets, fans still await for Michael Porter Jr. to return, with Greg Whittington also out for this game.
Nuggets got the better of the Thunder all of last season, but as fans have clearly seen, this season is a new one and a disappointment thus far. Here’s hoping Denver can do in the Thunder tonight and put that Jazz loss behind them.
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