Nuggets vs Thunder Prediction - NBA Picks 10/29/23
Oklahoma City Thunder (2-0) vs Denver Nuggets (2-0)
Game Info: Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Paycom Center)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5 -- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets travel to the Paycom Center to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.
Denver Nuggets Betting Preview
The Denver Nuggets will be gunning for their third straight victory after taking down the shorthanded Grizzlies in a 108-104 road win on Friday. Nikola Jokic led the way with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, Jamal Murray added 22 points with five assists while Reggie Jackson provided the spark off the bench with 16 points and six assists in just 22 minutes of action. As a team, the Nuggets shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense as they set the tone by holding the Grizzlies to just 18 points in the first quarter to get out in front early, before they made another run in the third quarter to push the lead out to 12 points. It wasn't all smooth sailing as the Grizzlies made a run late, but the Nuggets had enough to just sneak away.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are also aiming for a third straight win after outlasting the Cavaliers in a 108-105 road win on Friday night. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 34 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and five steals, Luguentz Dort added 25 points on nine of 13 shooting while Chet Holmgren chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 26 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half to build a 15-point lead, but they never put the Cavaliers away and had to use a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull off the thrilling win.
The Nuggets are still missing Jay Huff and Vlatko Cancar, while the Thunder are still without Kenrich Williams. The Nuggets have expectedly hit the ground running this season, but they were far from convincing in their narrow win over the depleted Grizzlies, so the Thunder could be a chance here as underdog at home. It's tempting to take the Nuggets at the short line, but the Thunder looked great in their comeback win over the Cavaliers and I think they can make a statement here with a narrow win at home.