Nuggets vs Thunder Betting Preview: The Oklahoma City Thunder welcome the Denver Nuggets to Paycom Center on Thursday having won their last four games. They sit at 4-3 on the season, losing their first three games of the year before rattling off four straight wins against the Magic, Mavericks, and two wins over the Clippers.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets come into Thursday’s matchup with the exact same 4-3 record. However, while the Thunder are 3-1 at home, the Nuggets are 1-3 on the road and coming off a loss against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at the Nuggets vs Thunder betting preview and see where we can find some value with Denver sitting as a 6.5-point favorite entering the contest.
The total for this game opened at 229.5 and has dropped just half a point to 299.
Nuggets vs Thunder
Game information: Denver Nuggets (4-3) at Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3)
Location: Paycom Center
How to Stop Ja Morant
We start our Nuggets vs Thunder betting preview taking a look at the Oklahoma City Thunder who have been on a tear over the last four games. They come into Thursday’s matchup with their NBA team stats ranked first in the league in defensive rating during this recent winning streak.
Yes, you read that right – the Thunder have the best NBA defense in the league right now. They’re giving up just 105.7 points per game to the opposing team while scoring an average of 114.7 points per game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has led the team in scoring over this span with three games of 30 points or more. Needless to say, the Thunder are playing solid basketball right now for a team that is in the midst of a rebuild.
All that being said, we think Oklahoma City is due for a bit of regression. They used an 18-2 run late in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. They also erased an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation against the Mavs to force overtime where they won. Things have been bouncing the Thunder’s way and typically when that’s the case, it means regression is coming.
Nuggets Search for Bounce-Back Win
Our Nuggets vs Thunder betting preview suggest that Dever will cover the 6.5-point spread on the road and hand the Thunder a loss in Oklahoma City.
The Nuggets are coming off a road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, which gave LeBron and company their first win of the season. Denver will be coming into Oklahoma City on three days of rest and looking for a bounce-back win and cover as 6.5-point favorites. These two teams played each other in the first week of the NBA season and the Nuggets earned the home win 122-117.
The Nuggets shot a whopping 49% from the field and 52% from deep. We don’t expect Denver to put up those types of shooting numbers, but with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back in the lineup this year, they will force teams to have to guard them closely on the perimeter.
While the Thunder covered the spread as nine-point underdogs in their last meeting, Denver was playing their third game in four nights to start the year and both Murray and Porter Jr. were playing with a minutes restriction. NBA injury updates have both players fully cleared from the injury report for this game. Overall, our Nuggets vs Thunder betting preview suggest that Dever will cover the 6.5-point spread on the road and hand the Thunder a loss in Oklahoma City.Follow us on Twitter