Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (3-8) at Denver Nuggets (3-7)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to avoid a second loss in as many nights as they visit the Denver Nuggets tonight.
You have to feel for the Oklahoma City Thunder. With their two best players injured on the sidelines, the Thunder have still managed to win three games this season but they've now lost three straight and will be heading into Denver without any rest after getting thrashed by the Jazz last night by 98-81. OKC came out gunning and led by as many as 17 points early in the game, but that's when the Jazz simply took over and never looked back. Jeremy Lamb led the team in scoring with 19 points while Steven Adams had a rare 11 points, but Serge Ibaka shot a miserable two for 13 from the field to finish with a season-low six points. As a team, the Thunder shot just 35.7 percent from the field and just seemed to fall further from team concept basketball the longer the game dragged on. With the loss, OKC drops to 3-9 on the season and 1-6 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets lost six of their first seven games to start the season, but are coming off an impressive 106-97 win over the Cavaliers. In less than 24 hours after the Nuggets got routed by the struggling Knicks, Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo scored 24 and 23 points respectively to shock the league and take advantage of a distracted Cavs team looking towards their next game. As a team, the Nuggets have five players finish in double digits in scoring and basically looked like a completely different team to the one that loss to the Knicks by 109-93 the day before. With the win, Denver improves to 3-7 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games, while the Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
This just looks like an automatic win and cover for the Nuggets coming off their biggest win of the season and playing at home, but you just have seen consistency from either team this season. I really don't know about this game, but I'm just going to stick with my gut and reluctantly take the Nuggets to win and cover at home.