Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
October 13, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +7 / Denver Nuggets -7
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The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in NBA preseason action at the Paycom Center. The Denver Nuggets need a win to rebound from an 0-3 preseason start. The Oklahoma City Thunder also need a win after an 0-2 preseason record.
The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last 10 preseason games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while Bones Hyland is averaging 17 points and five rebounds. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Dozier is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost six of their last seven preseason games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 103.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 121.5 points on 51.9 percent shooting. Luguentz Dort is averaging 15 points and one rebound, while Josh Giddey is averaging 13.5 points and 4.5 assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Muscala is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 41.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thunder are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams that haven’t had preseason success yet. The Nuggets probably should be favored, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are a young squad that has playing time on the table, and they cant play any worse. OKC is due for a solid performance, and they’re at home. I’ll lean Thunder here, but there are better options on a packed Wednesday card.