Thunder vs Nuggets betting preview
The Denver Nuggets upset the Oklahoma City Thunder both SU and ATS in their last meeting as those Western Conference teams hit the hardwood together once again on Friday night.
The Nuggets topped the Thunder 121-118 as a 1-point home underdog when those teams last met on January 20 in an OVER result. Overall the Thunder are 7-3 SU and 4-5-1 ATS over their past 10 games against the Nuggets, with the OVER/UNDER going 4-5-1.
The Nuggets sport records of 37-22 and 34-25 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Thunder sit at 42-15 and 33-21-3 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 37-22 for the Nuggets and 29-26-2 for the Thunder. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Nuggets, currently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Thunder, who rate No. 1 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 112-107 victory for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Denver's No. 2-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Denver rates No. 20 in the league with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.6 per outing.
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.1 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 119-74 winner as they battled the Hornets at home. The Thunder covered in the match as a 15-point favorite, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. New Orleans was run off the court by the Thunder on Wednesday as Oklahoma City blasted the Hornets 119-74 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
In their last action, Denver was a 111-109 winner on the road against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (220) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Ty Lawson poured in 30 points for Denver on Wednesday, as they defeated Portland 111-109 at Rose Garden.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 10-0
After a win are 5-5
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Portland are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Thunder at Nuggets trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Denver
Oklahoma City is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Denver's last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver's last 8 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City at LA Clippers, Sunday, March 3
Denver home to Atlanta, Monday, March 4