Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets - 1/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Denver Nuggets (6-7) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (6-6)
Game Info: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)
Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -9.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Ball Arena on Tuesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in decent shape so far as they’ve split their first 12 games and they will be looking to get their season back on track after having their last game postponed. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading the team with averages of 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game, Luguentz Dort is averaging 12.8 points, George Hill is averaging 11.4 points, Hamidou Diallo is averaging 11.3 points while Darius Bazley is averaging 10.4 points per game. As a team, the Thunder are averaging 106 points per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 33 percent from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in rough shape to start the season as they’ve lost seven of their first 13 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling just short to the Jazz in a 109-105 loss on Sunday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 35 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists while Jamal Murray added 30 points on 11 of 27 shooting, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Nuggets shot just 40 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line as they led for most of the first half, but they managed just 21 points in the pivotal third quarter and never recovered. Michael Porter Jr. missed a ninth straight game due to health and safety protocols.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games as a road underdog. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Denver and the Thunder are 1-11 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Thunder will once again be shorthanded as both Al Horford and Trevor Ariza are out due to personal reasons, but they’ve won their last three road games and haven’t played since Friday. The Nuggets are clearly the better team in this matchup, but they’ve been shaky in their first 13 games and they are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. I do think the Nuggets get the win in this one, but this just feels like too many free points for the Thunder who are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games. I’ll take the Thunder to keep this one to single digits.