Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-point favorites tonight at home over the Denver Nuggets.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 201.Â This should be a first-round playoff matchup with the Thunder holding home-court advantage.
Denver has much to prove from a confidence factor after the Thunder beat the Nuggets, 101-94, as 4-point road underdogs this past Tuesday. Oklahoma City had lost by an average of 19.3 points per game during its past seven trips to Denver. The Nuggets were unable to corral NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points despite being double and even tripled-teamed at times. Durant then poured in 29 points, Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and center Kendrick Perkins pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds as the Thunder followed that victory up by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 112-108, as 10-point home favorites this past Wednesday. The combined 220 points sailed er the 201-point total.Â The win clinched the Northwest Division title and at least the No. 4 playoff seed for the Thunder.Â Â The der has won in 11 of the Thunders last 15 games.
Denver bounced back from its home loss to the Thunder to upset the Mavericks, 104-96, on Wednesday as four-point road underdogs. It was the 11th time in their last 12 away matchups the Nuggets have covered.Â The Nuggets lead the NBA in scoring at 107.1 points per contest. Until defeating the Mavericks, though, the Nuggets had gone three consecutive games without breaking the 100-point barrier. Since their big trade with the New York Knicks, the Nuggets have gone 16-5; including winning seven of theyre past eight games. They are 20-8 against the spread in their past 28 games. Denver is 17-22 on the road, although 22-17 against the spread. The der is 5-1 in Denvers last six road matchups. In their last 22 games, the Nuggets have gone 16-6 to the der
In this game the wager to make is the der.Â Both teams will be playing there hardest, as they know they can see the other team in the 1st round.Â The coaches will not be running any special plays, as they will hold that back till playoff time.Â Take under 201 in this game.
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