Two Western Conference teams that both had playoff hopes until a few weeks ago are clashing today, when the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-32), still inside the top-8 and looking for a better placement, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (40-35), who have fallen on the 10th place of the West, two games behind the playoff positions. Both teams are coming off two straight defeats and are looking to bounce back. Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-30-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5
Oklahoma have a 44-32 record (31-44-0 ATS) so far this season. The Thunder are currently tied with the Spurs for the 4th spot in the West standings. They have lost three of their last four games and in their latest matchup they lost on the road against the Spurs with a 105-108 score, not beating the odds. Russell Westbrook leads the team in scoring with 25.3 ppg. The All Star guard adds team highs both in rebounding with 9.7 and in assists made, with 10.2 per game. Paul George follows with 21.7 ppg and 5.6 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 16.2 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Nuggets have a 40-35 record (34-38-3 against the spread) so far this season. And Denver is the 10th place team overall in the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 110-114 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 17.7 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding, with 10.5 per game and in assists made, with 6 per game. He is followed by Gary Harris with 17.7 ppg, while Jamal Murray adds 16.6 ppg.
Nuggets lead the Thunder 2-1 wins so far this season with each team having won at home. Last game in Oklahoma ended with a 95-94 score. Thunder are 26-12 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 13-25 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 109.7 to Thunder’s 107.1 ppg, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing 104 ppg to Nuggets’ 108.5. Nuggets have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.02% to Thunder’s 45.48% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.45% to Thunder’s 35.26%. They are also better in assists made, with 25 to Thunder’s 21.2, while Thunder are better in rebounding (44.8 to 44.1). Nuggets have been struggling lately and are extremely inefficient on the road. Vegas odds give the Thunder a -3.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 (-109)
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