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(16-13) Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-15)
Date: Monday December 18
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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The Nuggets are definitely one of the most exciting teams in the NBA but the fact that they are winning makes them one of the most interesting to. This is a nice test for a young team. As expected they definitely prefer home cooking so getting a win here would garner even more league attention.
The Thunder would love to start making some headlines with positive play. Up until they have been a disappointment and we are all wondering when they are either going to get it or try something new rather than banging their head against the wall.
Denver is coming off a home win in OT against New Orleans. Things are really bunchy in the Northwest Division standings. They are a half game behind the leaders but only a couple up on OKC.
While most teams are looking to load up on stars the Nuggets are very balanced – they have 5 players averaging between 14.9 and 16.1 points per game. All are threats from all over the floor too.
Nikola Jokic had missed some time but returned and had a double-double against the Pelicans. No surprise there as he is averaging 15 and 10 on the season. He is amazingly efficient and can score from anywhere on the floor.
Jamal Murray struggled with his shot early but has finally found it. In his last three he has scored 28, 28, and 15. He is one of several shooters that can get hot and stay hot.
The Nuggets are not a strong defensive team but they can really score with anybody and that puts pressure on opponents. They just have to start doing it on the road.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The struggles of the Big Three for OKC are well documented. The most recent example was a road loss at MSG to the Knicks. It was on a back to back after two straight road wins so maybe it is not such a worry but there is no way to say that the Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony experiment is working.
Westbrook is averaging a near triple double, again, but his scoring is way down from a year ago. Paul George has picked it up a little late to get over 20ppg but his overall shooting is down. If the season were to end now it would be the worst of Anthony’s career. I just don’t get it to be honest.
I don’t think the coach is in trouble but you have to wonder when they start figuring this out. This is actually an important game as they look to get back to .500 and beyond. They have the opposite profile to Denver in that that they are a good defensive team but struggle on offense. Even with all that firepower.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.
- Nuggets are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 10-2 in Nuggets last 12 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Under is 4-0-1 in Thunder last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
It has been a bad start for OKC. When you look up some of the situational numbers is paints an even worse picture. They are just 5-7 ATS at home and they are 0-7 ATS against their own division.
Denver’s situations numbers do not inspire confidence either though. They struggle on the road and are just 1-3 SUATS within the Northwest Division.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets -5.5
This is somewhat of an emotional play I admit. I am getting a little tired of being burned by OKC.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver 108 – Oklahoma City 104
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