Thunder vs. Nuggets - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (20-34) at Oklahoma City Thunder (30-25)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSOK, NBATV
The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Denver Nuggets have lost seven of their last eight games and end a three-game road trip. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 100.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and are allowing 103.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 assists while Wilson Chandler is averaging 14 points and 5.9 rebounds. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and J.J. Hickson is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets are shooting just 43.6 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep in their last five games. The Nuggets have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring less than 100 points, as their defense isn’t good enough to pick up the slack. Will Barton is expected to make his Portland debut.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep rolling with five straight wins. On the season, OKC is averaging 100.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 98.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 26 points and 7.7 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. Dion Waiters is shooting 38.6 percent from the field and Anthony Morrow is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a Saturday win over the Charlotte Hornets, a game in which Enes Kanter and D.J. Augustin made their debut. Once 100 percent healthy, the Thunder are a team to really watch come playoff time. Kevin Durant is questionable with a foot injury.
The Nuggets are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Northwest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
While I hate big chalk, I'm not sure the Nuggets have enough or are even motivated to keep this game close. The Thunder are rolling and should crush Denver at home, with or without Durant.