The Denver Nuggets enter Sunday’s clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a nine-game winning streak and lead the Northwest Division by 10 games over the Minnesota Timberwolves. OKC hasn’t beaten Denver in its last four chances but went 2-2 against the spread.
The Nuggets are five-point favorites, so the bookmakers expect another win for Denver. Will they run their streak to 10 games, or will the Thunder steal a game from their division rivals?
Check the latest NBA news, injury reports, and NBA odds for the Thunder vs Nuggets. There are plenty of NBA predictions to consider.
Thunder Outside Playoff Bubble
The Oklahoma City Thunder enter 11 games behind the Nuggets in the Western Conference and, if the season ended today, would miss the playoffs. They were working on a four-game winning streak but were beaten on Friday by the Kings in Sacramento 118-113.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 37 points, but more was needed due to poor play by his teammates.
Despite the loss and poor record, the Thunder are still highly profitable when betting against the spread. They lead the NBA in return on investment at 24.60%, and bettors have won 12.45 units. That is more than double the winnings that the second-place team, the 76ers, could muster.
The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in their previous seven games and haven’t lost a spread on the road since December.
Nuggets on a 9-Game Streak
The Nuggets enter as the leaders of the Western Conference and are playing some of the best ball in the league. They beat the stuffing out of the Indiana Pacers on Friday 134-111, scoring over 121 points for the third straight game.
While Denver doesn’t have the ATS record Denver has, it isl profitable with a 1.78% ROI (+0.90 units). The Nuggets enter with a 4-2 ATS record in their previous six games and covered by 23 points on Friday as six-point favorites.
While Aaron Gordon led all scorers on Friday, the star of the show in Denver is Nikola Jokic, with averages of 25 PPG, 11 boards, and 9.9 assists.
The trouble is Jokic is dealing with a hamstring issue and is listed as questionable. This feels like a game he could miss, as the Nuggets have such a massive lead on the rest of the division, and the Thunder are not a great team. Jamal Murray, Vlatkco Cancar, and Bones Hyland are also questionable.
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Thunder vs Nuggets Head-to-Head
The Nuggets enter on a four-game winning streak against the Thunder with two wins at home and two on the road. The Over/Under was 3-1 at that span.
Thunder vs Nuggets Game Information
- Game: Thunder (22-24) vs Nuggets (33-13)
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- Day/Time: Friday, Jan. 23, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Thunder vs Nuggets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Thunder vs Nuggets Picks & Prediction
If Jokic and Murray play, the Nuggets are a safe bet to win this game. But, at -210 odds, there is no value there. With the Thunders’ ATS record and the injuries to Denver, this feels like the right spot to nab some value on the underdogs to keep this game within six points.
Oklahoma City is listed at +175 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Thunder, you can win $175. Denver is -210, offering a chance to win $48 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Oklahoma City a 36.36% chance to win, with the Nuggets at 67.74%.
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Thunder vs Nuggets Previous Game (Oct. 22, 2022)
The Denver Nuggets go for a second straight win when they play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Northwest Division showdown on Saturday night. Denver evened its record at 1-1 with a win against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Oklahoma City has played once, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Before you do any wagering on this contest, check out our NBA betting preview of the game.