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(14-22) Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-16)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: OKC -7
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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Saturday NBA sees the Oklahoma City Thunder hosting the Denver Nuggets. Neither looks like a true contender at this point in the process, but the home-team Thunder have the clear edge in their race to the postseason.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 6:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Entering this contest, Denver is posting an impressive 108.1 points per contest.
That number is good enough for sixth in the Association.
The catch is that these numbers are slightly misleading because of the team’s fast pace. On the season, the Nuggets are running the fifth-fastest pace, creating more possessions, and therefore more points.
The good news for Denver is that the high points per game aren’t complete frauds. Certain teams, like the Brooklyn Nets for example, run an incredibly fast pace, score a ton of points, and have a terribly inefficient offense.
Denver complements its pace with an offensive rating of 106.0, which is good enough for 11th in the league, per ESPN.com.
Where things take a turn for the worse is on defense. This team is giving up 110.9 points per contest, which is only good enough for 27th in the league.
You might be asking yourself, can’t you blame that on pace? Think again.
The Nuggets are 29th in a league of 30 teams in defensive efficiency.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to look to take full advantage both the fast pace and the poor defense on Saturday.
Russell Westbrook did just that against the Houston Rockets Thursday night on national television, and while he didn’t get the win, he put up another ridiculous stat line and nearly won on a last-second three-pointer.
Entering this contest, the Thunder are scoring 106.5 points per contest. That number is good enough for eighth in the league.
Defensively, this group is allowing opponents to score at a rate of 105.3 points per night.
That number is only good enough for 19th in the league, but it has more to do with pace (seventh) because their defensive efficiency is actually good enough for 12th in the Association.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
All of the recent trends point to OKC. The Thunder have the best player on the floor, if not the best player in the league this season.
Let’s not overthink this.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OKC ATS
Give this one to the Thunder, and don’t be shocked if they take it by double digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: OKC 115 – Denver 105
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