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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-14) Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (10-19)
Date: Wednesday, December 22nd
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets -222 | Thunder +200 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
Wednesday, December 22nd, finds the Denver Nuggets playing the Oklahoma City Thunder squad for the first time this season.
The Nuggets’ last game was Friday when they routed the Hawks 133-115. In contrast, the Thunder played twice in that same timeframe with dramatic wins versus the Clippers (104-103) and the Grizzlies (102-99).
Last season, the squads played three times with the Nuggets sweeping the regular-season series. The Thunder hold the all-time record having bested the Nuggets in 99 of their 187 matches.
Most clubs are dealing with players in health and safety protocols whereas the majority of missing Nuggets are tied to injury. They enter this match with ample time to regroup since their Sunday game versus Brooklyn was postponed meaning they’ve had four days off.
The win in Atlanta was sparked via a 43-28 first quarter and Nikola Jokic controlling the game via 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Yet it was rookie Bones Hyland who was the top Nuggets scorer with 24 points.
Monte Morris (21), Jeff Green (20), Aaron Gordon (16), and Austin Rivers (11) also scored in double-digits.
Bol Bol and Michael Porter Jr (who also had back surgery) are in quarantine. JaMychal Green (ankle) and Markus Howard (knee) are out indefinitely. Jamal Murray is rehabbing from a torn ACL while PJ Dozier (ACL) is out for the season.
Oklahoma City Thunder
In the last three games the Thunder have delivered great clutch time performances and but for a 61 foot Hail Mary shot could be 3-0 instead of 2-1. The loss to the Pelicans is long in the distance though as the two wins were the perfect opponents to beat.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made sure to leave no time on the clock as he replicated his 3-point walk-off game-winner to defeat the Clippers. He is the only remaining piece of the trade that sent Paul George to LA so there was some sweet revenge in the outcome.
More importantly, even with the Thunder intentionally tanking the one team that behooves them defeating is the Clippers since they own their unprotected first-round pick. this year so anything OKC can do to impact their seeding negatively is a plus for them.
As for the match Monday versus the Grizzlies it was all about pride as the Thunder recorded the worst loss in NBA history (73 points) earlier this month and took a ton of shade for it.
SGA and Josh Giddey proved why their absence in that game mattered as they led the Thunder to a come-from-behind victory to serve up the first back-to-back losses for the Grizzlies since November 24th/26th.
Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals while Giddey posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Kenrich Williams (also out December 2nd) scored 13 while Lu Dort (12), and Darius Bazley (10) offered double-figure scoring.
The Thunder are the only team in the NBA with no injuries or players affected by COVID.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 9-1 in the last 10 head to head
- The Nuggets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 4-5-1 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
As well as the Thunder have played recently they don’t have anyone on the roster who can defend let alone limit Jokic. Denver also has had ample rest and will be ready to pounce from the opening tip.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets -5.5
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