Oklahoma City Thunder Travel to Denver to Face the Nuggets
The Thunder have gone on quite the losing streak in recent weeks. These losses have put them on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. However, at the time of writing, they haven’t been eliminated.
One more loss could end their playoff hopes for 2021; however, a big win could revitalize them. The question is, can they take down Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets?
The Denver Nuggets are also in need of a win after suffering a few losses. The Nuggets have fallen to the No.6 spot in the Western Conference after losing two straight games.
They’ve put themselves in a strange position because now they need to win to keep their spot. With a few games left, losing your position could put you in a rough series to start the NBA playoffs.
Game Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets, March 25th
The Thunder have the worst scoring offense in the NBA, averaging just 102.82 points per game. Not only that, but they also have the worst field-goal percentage and three-point percentage.
Their offense has allowed teams to easily outscore them; it doesn’t help that their defense is ranked No.15. So, against Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, do the Thunder have a chance to win?
The Denver Nuggets are frankly in a “win now” position after losing some recent games. If they fail to win this game, they could be passed by the Timberwolves, who follow closely behind.
The Nuggets offense ranks 11th in the NBA, averaging 111.33 points per game. They need to put this offense to good use against the Thunder, whose defense allowed the Celtics to score 132.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets Betting Prediction
The Thunder very recently faced the Denver Nuggets on March 2nd, 2022. They came in as big underdogs in that game at +15.5. However, the Thunder were able to defeat the Nuggets, 119-107, in a shocking upset.
The question is, do we think this can happen again? With how the Thunder have played since that game, we don’t see it happening, especially against Denver.
The Nuggets know how important this game is to the rest of their season. The last time they faced the Thunder, they likely thought it’d be an easy win. They’ll avoid making that mistake this time.
Now, when it comes to them covering a large spread, we think it’d be smarter to take the Thunder. At the time of writing, Oklahoma City has an incredible ATS record of 43-25-4.
In most of their games this season, the total has gone over the spread for Denver. Using their last game against the Thunder as a guide, the total should be set at around 225.5. It went over in the last game, and we think it will go over in this one as well.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.