Thunder visit Nuggets in hoops battle
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets Odds
Pepsi Center will feature Nuggets vs. Thunder action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.
The Thunder will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 23-14-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Nuggets are 23-19 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Oklahoma City is 19-19-2 on the totals; Denver is 23-19.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Nuggets) and the No. 1 (Thunder) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 111-104 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Denver's No. 5-ranked offense (102.7 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.4 PPG. The Nuggets have averaged 46.5% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (47.7% on average).
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.6 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 117-114 winner as they battled the Mavericks on the road. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 231 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kevin Durant went off for 52 points and added 9 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 117-114 win over Dallas on Friday at American Airlines Center.
In their last action, Denver was a 112-108 loser at home against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (220) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Ty Lawson scored 29 points for Denver on Friday, but the Wizards managed a 112-108 victory over the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
A few Thunder at Nuggets trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City at LA Clippers, Tuesday, January 22
Denver at Houston, Wednesday, January 23