Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma City Thunder (10-19) vs Denver Nuggets (15-14)
Game Info: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. The Denver Nuggets look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 47 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.3 points and 13.5 rebounds, while Will Barton is averaging 15.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Monte Morris is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 99.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, while Luguentz Dort is averaging 17.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. Josh Giddey is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Muscala is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.
The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 16-5 in Nuggets last 21 overall. The under is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 overall. The Nuggets are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Oklahoma City and 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
The Denver Nuggets are well rested given they had a postponed game or two, but they're still struggling to get healthy, and they lose on the road by an average of 2.1 points. The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the healthier teams in the league and while they've had issues with consistency, they are 9-6 against the spread at home. OKC has a knack for showing up when you'd expect them to lay down and die. I don't love this game, but I'll take a shot with the Thunder and free points.
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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder +5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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