Thunder vs. Nuggets Odds Preview
The Denver Nuggets are 2-0 both SU and ATS in their last two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder as those Western Conference teams hit the hardwood in NBA betting action on Tuesday night.
Denver slipped past Oklahoma City 105-103 as a 1.5-point home underdog on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks when they last met on March 1. That improved Denver to 4-6 SU in their past 10 games against Oklahoma City, and 5-4-1 ATS over that same span.
The Nuggets will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 42-26 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Thunder are 39-25-3 ATS. Denver is 40-28 against the total, while Oklahoma City is 33-31-3 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Nuggets were listed as 8.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 215.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 1-rated Thunder and the No. 5-rated Nuggets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 112-108 win for the Thunder on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 1-ranked offense (106.7 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 25 at 101.1 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 48.4% from the field per game, more than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (47.8% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Nuggets own the league's No. 28-rated mark, allowing 104.3 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring on their home court.
The Nuggets were a 119-118 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (237) made winners of OVER bettors. The Nuggets got a 35-point performance from Wilson Chandler as Denver handed Chicago a 119-118 defeat on Monday at United Center.
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 107-101 winner as they battled the Mavericks on the road. The Thunder covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 208 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Russell Westbrook poured in 35 points for Oklahoma City on Sunday, as they defeated Dallas 107-101 at American Airlines Center.
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 10-0
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 7-3
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Nuggets at Thunder trends to consider:
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Denver's last 24 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Denver
Oklahoma City is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Denver
Denver home to Philadelphia, Thursday, March 21
Oklahoma City at Memphis, Wednesday, March 20