NBA Best Bets: Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder

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NBA Best Bets: Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Denver Nuggets will be gunning for a third straight outright win on the road when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday as a 5.5-point road favourite on the NBA odds at Bet99. The Nuggets opened their current two-game road trip with a decisive 133-115 win in Atlanta last Friday night, and have now taken home straight-up victories in three of their past four overall.

The Thunder return home look to win three in a row for the first time since mid-November after marching to a narrow 102-99 win in Memphis on Monday night. However, OKC has mustered just one SU win in the team’s past seven dates on home court at Paycom Center.

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NBA OddsBet99Betsafe
Denver Nuggets-5.5 (1.88)-5.5 (1.91)
Oklahoma City Thunder+5.5 (1.92)+5.5 (1.91)

Denver Nuggets -5.5 vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Team Records
Nuggets: 15-14 SU, 13-16 ATS (5th place, Western Conference)
Thunder: 10-19 SU, 18-11 ATS (5th place, Eastern Conference)

Nuggets vs Thunder Betting Trends

Wednesday night’s matchup marks the first of four scheduled meetings between these two teams this season. The Nuggets have absolutely dominated in head-to-head action with the Thunder, tallying straight-up wins in 13 of 15 clashes since April 2017, capped by a devastating 126-96 win in their most recent trip to Oklahoma City last February.

Denver has also covered on 13 occasions during that stretch and has posted wins by an average margin of 14.5 points in their past four dates with the Thunder. The OVER has held a slight edge in totals betting when these teams battle in Oklahoma City, going 4-2 over their past six, but no extended has developed over the Nuggets recent dominating run, with the OVER/UNDER going 6-8-1. Road favourites have also struggled when these two teams meet, going 1-4 SU over their past five.

Denver Nuggets News & Notes

The Nuggets have struggled to duplicate the performance that powered them to a 47-25 SU record and a third-place finish in the Western Conference last season. The club has been subject to streaky play, following up a steady 9-4 SU start to the season by winning just three of their subsequent 12 outings. Those struggles have also dogged the Nuggets at the sportsbooks, where they have particularly underperformed, going 6-10 against the spread in their past 16 contests, including a middling 5-7 ATS mark on the road. In addition, the Nuggets have dipped as far as 25.00 on the NBA futures after being pegged at 19.00 on the season-opening NBA Championship betting picks.

Injuries have continued to be a problem for this club. The Nuggets have seen several players miss time, including leading scorers Nikola Jocic and Will Barton. The club also has several players with questionable status entering Wednesday’s action, including Aaron Gordon, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury, and Jeff Green, who has been hampered by an ankle injury.

Despite missing four games to a wrist injury in late November, Jokic has not missed a beat. The Serbian big man has contributed at least a double-double in each of his past 12 outings, and four triple-doubles during that stretch. Not surprisingly, Jokic leads the Nuggets in almost every major statistical category, including points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game. He has also been nearly unstoppable when facing the Thunder, averaging 26.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists over his past nine appearances.

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Oklahoma City Thunder News & Notes

The Thunder return home searching to establish a rare three-game SU win streak after doing just enough to eke out a narrow win over the Grizzlies on Monday. Currently stalled in 13th place in the Western Conference standings, the Thunder offence currently ranks last in the NBA with just 99.2 points scored per game, and have averaged just 98.2 points per game over their past four dates at Paycom Center.

Despite their struggles to put points on the board, the Thunder have emerged as a solid bet at the sportsbooks. With Monday’s outright win as 9-point underdogs, OKC have now covered in each of their past three outings, and sport a very respectable 11-5 ATS record in their past 16 games overall.

One bright spot on the Thunder attack has been Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The former 11th overall pick out of Kentucky is coming off a 23-point performance in Monday’s victory and leads the club with 21.6 points per game. Rookie Josh Giddey has also had an immediate impact. The sixth overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft recorded a second straight double-double on Monday and is tops on the Thunder with 7.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

Best Bets: Nuggets -5.5 (1.91); UNDER 214.5 (1.91) at Betsafe