Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets - 11/1/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (1-0) at Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +4.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Altitude, FSN-OK
The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder play Saturday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Denver Nuggets won their season opener against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, 89-79. It certainly wasn’t the best performance from the Nuggets, as they shot just 35.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep, but they made up for it by holding the Pistons to just 36.9 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Arron Afflalo had 15 points. You can expect a much more aggressive Ty Lawson in this game after he was just 1-7 from the field with five assists. The good news for the Nuggets is that all seven of their bench players put up points and JaVale McGee played nine minutes as he continues to recover from an injury. The Denver Nuggets have their eyes set on a playoff spot and will have to play much better here to prove they’re worthy in the tough West.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder would love to hit the reset button on this season after starting 0-2 and now dealing with an entire banged up roster. With Kevin Durant out until further notice, the Thunder now lost Russell Westbrook for a while with a broken hand. Keep in mind this is all while Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb remain questionable with various injuries as well. The Thunder now have to turn to a combination of Serge Ibaka, Perry Jones and Sebastian Telfair, a trio that was able to keep it close against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Steven Adams is coming off his first double-digit rebound game since November 8th of last season. The Oklahoma City Thunder are very limited on both sides of the ball and could quickly put themselves in a deep hole playoff wise.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Thunder are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games. The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City.
No Durant or Westbrook? Get this line while it's still reasonable. The Thunder are a complete mess right now and simply have no answeres offensively with their two best players not on the court.