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Nuggets vs Thunder NBA Game Preview

Denver NuggetsOklahoma City Thunder
April 8, 8:00 PM | Ford Center

Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

48-30TEAM RECORD52-26

Oklahoma City will look to improve on its 52-26 record on Friday when they host Denver in NBA odds action at Ford Center.

The Thunder sport records of 52-26 and 40-37-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Nuggets sit at 48-30 and 41-33-4 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 42-36 for the Thunder and 35-41-2 for the Nuggets.

View Denver vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Thunder sat as 4-point favorites. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 203.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Thunder) and the No. 6 (Nuggets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 108-107 result in favor of the Nuggets is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 5-ranked offense (104.4 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 21 at 102.5 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, less than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (47.5% on average).

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 20-rated defense on the road, allowing 104.1 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Denver won its last outing, a 104-96 result against the Mavericks on April 6. The Nuggets covered in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 200 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Nuggets grabbed a 104-96 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from J.R. Smith at American Airlines Center.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 112-108 winner as they battled the Clippers at home. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 220 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kevin Durant scored 29 points for Oklahoma City on Wednesday, leading the Thunder to a 112-108 victory over Los Angeles at Ford Center.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing LA Clippers are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Nuggets at Thunder trends to consider:
Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games on the road
Denver is 18-3-1 ATS in its last 22 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Oklahoma City's last 15 games

Next up:
Denver home to Minnesota, Saturday, April 9
Oklahoma City at LA Lakers, Sunday, April 10