Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/9/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (27-8) at Denver Nuggets (17-17)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder battle the Denver Nuggets from the Mile High City on Thursday night TNT.
Head to head, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the road team is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Nuggets are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600, but just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Thunder on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a S.U. loss, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games.
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Look out, the Denver Nuggets are back in a big way! After suffering eight consecutive losses and failing to score over 100 points in each of those contests, the Nuggets have exploded with three straight wins and they are certainly back to their high-scoring ways, averaging a whopping 125.6 points per game during their winning streak. Denver, who only scored over 100 points on four occasions in the month of December, are coming off 137 and 129 point outings in wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and most recently the Boston Celtics, respectively.
For the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s all about Kevin Durant at the moment as the leagues-leading scorer has gone off for 48 points in two of his last three games. However, his 48 wasn’t enough to get his team past the Jazz on Tuesday night as the short-handed Thunder fell in Utah 112-101. With Russell Westbrook out of the line-up and a couple of other players ailing, Oklahoma City has lost three of their last five overall.
Wondering why there is no line out for this game yet? Well, the injury clouds hang over a lot of players for tonight’s game as Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha are both going to be game time decisions for the Thunder. As far as Denver is concerned, Andre Miller, Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson are all carrying niggling injuries and are all questionable for tonight’s game.
If this game were being played two weeks ago, I would have no hesitation taking the Thunder here. But, the Nuggets look like they are back to their early season form when they looked like one of the best teams in the entire league. I think they can win this one outright, if not keep it really close..
Dan’s Pick: Denver +3