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Take Nuggets to Win, Thunder to Cover Spread

Take Nuggets to Win, Thunder to Cover Spread

Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will match up on Friday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to face the Denver Nuggets, offering an interesting option for NBA moneylines betting. As the reigning NBA champion, it makes sense that the Nuggets are in second place in the West, but the Thunder surprisingly are in third.

In the Thunder’s last game, they beat the New York Knicks 129-120, showcasing exactly why they are becoming one of the top teams in the league. The Nuggets also dominated in their last game, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 142-105 in the first of a back-to-back.

Take Nuggets to Win, Thunder to Cover Spread
Take Nuggets to Win, Thunder to Cover Spread

Thunder vs Nuggets Game Information

  • Game: Thunder (20-9) vs Nuggets (23-10)
  • Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
  • Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Thunder vs Nuggets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

 

The Nuggets have been one of the best teams in the league, which is helped out by their 12-2 record at home. That will make it very challenging for the Thunder to be an option in free NBA expert pick tonight, but the team still might make things interesting.

Thunder vs Nuggets Odds and Spreads

 

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have hit the Moneyline in 46 of their last 77 games (+19.60 Units / 15% ROI)
  • The Denver Nuggets have hit the 4Q Game Total Under in 64 of their last 98 games (+25.90 Units / 24% ROI)
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have hit the 3Q Game Total Over in 49 of their last 77 games (+16.95 Units / 19% ROI)
  • The Denver Nuggets have hit the Moneyline in 43 of their last 50 games at home (+24.55 Units / 16% ROI)
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have hit the 1Q Moneyline in 23 of their last 34 games (+12.65 Units / 28% ROI)
  • The Denver Nuggets have hit the 1Q Game Total Under in 41 of their last 61 games (+19.55 Units / 29% ROI)
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have only hit the 3Q Game Total Under in 28 of their last 77 games (-27.45 Units / -32% ROI)
  • The Denver Nuggets have hit the Game Total Under in 41 of their last 66 games (+15.70 Units / 22% ROI)

 

Moneyline Pick: Nuggets -140

Heading into this matchup, the Nuggets have the overall advantage. Nikola Jokic is still one of the best players in the league, averaging 26.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 9.2 assists. The Nuggets will always be an option with him on the court in NBA picks.

The Nuggets did go through a rough patch at the start of December, losing three straight between Dec. 2 and 8. However, they have followed that up by winning nine of their last 10 games, definitely getting right back on track.

At home, the Nuggets have been especially hard to beat. They have a 12-2 record at home, which has them tied for the third-fewest losses and third-most wins. Having Jamal Murray healthy and averaging 22.8 points over his last nine games has been crucial.

Even with the Thunder being such a good team, the Nuggets will still be the reigning champions and are at home. The Nuggets remain among the most formidable teams, with NBA odds favoring them to win at home.

 

Against the Spread Pick: Thunder +2½

Despite how good the Nuggets are, the Thunder are a team that can match up with them. That is why even though the Thunder might not win this game, they could challenge the NBA spread.

Two games ago, the Thunder took on the Minnesota Timberwolves, the top seed in the West, and beat them 129-106. The Thunder were home, which helped, but it was enough of a dominating win to turn heads.


Against the Knicks, the Thunder led for all but 2½ minutes. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams each had incredible games, scoring 36 points apiece and hitting clutch threes late. Gilgeous-Alexander had a complete game, adding seven rebounds and eight assists. Chet Holmgren finished with 22 points and four blocks, two of which were crucial to the Thunder’s win.

Player Prop Pick: Nikola Jokic Over 13.5 Rebounds (-118)

Rebounding has not been the Thunder’s strength this season. They rank 28th in rebounds and 27th in opponent rebounding. On the other hand, Jokic is one of the best rebounders in the league. With little resistance by the Thunder, he should have a big night on the glass. In two games against the Thunder, Jokic has only averaged 10 rebounds per game. Expect that to change with the Nuggets playing at home.

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Thunder vs Nuggets Score Prediction

Nuggets 116, Thunder 114

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team has the most opportunities to win the season?


While the Thunder are on the rise, it is hard not to take the Nuggets to finish the season with more wins.

Which team will win the last quarter of the match?


If the Thunder are going to keep this game close, they might have to have a big fourth quarter but still ultimately fall short of winning.

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