Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
October 14, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder / Denver Nuggets
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The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Thursday in NBA preseason action at the Paycom Center. The Denver Nuggets need a win to prevent a 0-5 record in the preseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder look to end the preseason with a .500 record.
The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last 11 preseason games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 107.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 18 points and 5.7 rebounds while Nikola Jokic is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. Bones Hyland is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Dozier is grabbing two rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost six of their last eight preseason games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 105 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 48 percent shooting. Luguentz Dort is averaging 14.7 points and 1.7 rebounds, while Josh Giddey is averaging 13.7 points and four assists. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Roby is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games 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.
The Denver Nuggets have lost all four preseason games and that includes a loss to this Thunder team last night where they were held under 100 points and shot 40 percent from the field. I expect the Nuggets to rest most of their rotation. The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young club that needs the reps and will continue to play hard. Give me OKC at home yet again.