Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder seemed destined for a first-round playoff matchup, but a loss for the Thunder tonight could change that plan as they host the Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.
The Nuggets are in second place in the West with just eight games remaining on their schedule and an overall record of 50-24. They trail the Golden State Warriors by one game. Denver lost their most recent game, but are 7-3 in their last 10. Oklahoma City ended their skid with a win in their last game. They are currently in seventh place in the West with a 44-31 record but hold only a half-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs.
In their last meeting on February 26, the Nuggets won 121-112 as Nikola Jokic led the way with 36 points and 10 assists. Paul George led Oklahoma City in the losing effort with 25 points.
Time: 8:00pm ET
Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Channel: ALT, FSOK
Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup
The Nuggets seemed to be closing out the season well until they ran into the Houston Rockets last night. Tonight will be the second game of a back-to-back, so fatigue could be a factor, but head coach Michael Malone says his team has to fight through as the season comes to a close.
“We’re in the middle of a tough stretch; it’s our fifth game in eight days. Tomorrow will be our sixth in nine days,” Malone said. “But fatigue is a factor for all NBA teams right now. We have to find ways to fight through it.”
The Nuggets ran into the buzzsaw that was James Harden and Co. last night and the results were not good for the Nuggets as they lost 112-85. The Rockets went on a run in the second quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 40-19 and limiting the Nuggets to 25 or fewer points every quarter.
Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 20 points, while Jokic added 16 points and eight rebounds. Monte Morris continues to deliver off the bench with 16 points.
Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup
The Thunder bounced back from their surprising loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday with a 107-99 win over the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers.
Paul George continues to struggle with his outside shot, but that didn’t seem to deter him as he scored 31 points in the win. Russell Westbrook had another triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds. Steven Adams and Jerami Grant got past their recent struggles as they both reached double-figure marks in scoring. Adams had 25 points and 12 rebounds.
If the Thunder want to avoid slipping into the eighth spot in the West, a win tonight over the Nuggets would go a long way to help them and allowing them to distance themselves further from the San Antonio Spurs.
Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds
The Thunder are 3.5-point favorites to win tonight’s game at home. They are 24-12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena and 34-23 as the favorite. The Nuggets are 19-18 on the road and 8-11 as the underdog.
The over/under is 217 points. The Thunder are -165 on the moneyline after opening at -155.
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