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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(43-23) Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (41-24)
Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2020
Time: 4:00PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets +4.5 | Thunder -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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In their first seeding games, the Denver Nuggets suffered a bad loss to the Heat while the OKC Thunder steamrolled the Jazz.
This is the third meeting between the clubs with each team winning once.
Numerous injuries to the Nuggets have hampered their ability to dress a full team and the loss to the Heat showcased precisely how much they’re missing their guards and wings.
Jamal Murray (hamstring), Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee) all missed the Heat game with only Murray potentially available on Monday.
Denver also had players who were delayed joining the team in Orlando due to positive COVID-19 tests which have affected their practices and conditioning.
In the loss to Miami, coach Mike Malone was not happy with many of his players’ efforts stating he saw too many of them walking back down court after an unsuccessful offensive possession.
Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant led the Nuggets in scoring with 19 points each.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The true wild card in the West is the Thunder who has been one of the top teams since Thanksgiving. Their performance against the Utah Jazz Saturday punctuated why fans shouldn’t sleep on this squad.
OKC jumped on Utah winning the first quarter 29-15, the lowest opponent first-quarter tally this season. By the half, they led by 24 points and coasted to an easy win.
Chris Paul was the driving force to the Thunder effort with 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Steven Adams outplayed Rudy Gobert collecting a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 19 points while Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 15. Dennis Schroder (13) and rookie Darius Bazley (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-3 in Nuggets last 12 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Nuggets are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Underdog is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Although win percentage is the primary tiebreak method, because each of Denver, Utah, Houston, and OKC played 64 games prior to the hiatus, the season series winner will have the upper hand.
The Thunder own tiebreaks versus the Jazz and Rockets while a win Monday would also give them the tiebreak over Denver. Additionally, it would move OKC into fourth and a half-game behind the third-seeded Nuggets.
Although Denver will be shorthanded again, coach Malone’s rant after the loss to the Heat the Nuggets will likely respond with a more concerted effort.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder win, but take Nuggets plus points
Length is the Thunder nemesis so despite being shorthanded Denver could cause OKC problems. Still, if the Thunder hopes to make a deep playoff run they have to win games where they have the decided advantage.
OKC is the only team that hasn’t lost yet through the scrimmages and seeding games.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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