Denver Nuggets (40-35) at Oklahoma City Thunder (44-32)
|Date & Time||Friday March 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5
The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Denver Nuggets need a win to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 109.7 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 48 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.7 points and three assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.1 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder could use a win here after splitting their last six games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 10.2 assists while Paul George is averaging 21.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing nine rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six home games.
The Nuggets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Friday games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The Thunder are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 Friday games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a tough loss Thursday night and now have to get up for a Denver Nuggets squad that's fighting for its life in the playoff race. While free points with the Denver Nuggets does hold value, we have to remember they're one of the worst road teams in the league, which includes allowing 110.9 points on 48.7 percent shooting. The Nuggets aren't a team I'm looking to back on the road regardless of the situation. The Thunder have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Nuggets. I'll eat the bucket.