Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/24/14
Denver Nuggets (31-38) at Oklahoma City Thunder (51-18)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -10.5 -- Over/Under: 220 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets face a tough task tonight as they pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Nuggets have won five of their last seven games and will be hoping their recent form travels with them as they look to upset the Thunder in their own building. Last night, Kenneth Faried scored a team-high 20 points while Randy Foye made five treys for his 17 points as the Nuggets beat the Wizards by 105-102. Faried and Foye were excellent, but the biggest difference between the teams was in the battle of the benches where the Nuggets outscored the Wizards by 52-28. Defensively, the Nuggets played were quick on their rotations and forced John Wall into eight turnovers and the Wizards into 24, which resulted in 30 extra points.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won five of their last six games and are returning home from a perfect 3-0 road trip which was capped by a 119-118 double overtime win at Toronto on Friday. Russell Westbrook scored a quickfire 15 points before leaving the game with a knee injury, so Reggie Jackson stepped up and scored 25 points off the bench. However, this would be a little article about how the Thunder loss had it not been for Kevin Durant who poured in 51 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and nailed the game-winning three. With the win, Oklahoma City stay within two games of San Antonio for the top seed in the West.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games but just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City is a tough place for any team to get a win these days, but I actually think the Nuggets will be able to keep this game to single digits.