In this all-Western showdown between two squads sitting in and out of the playoff spots, the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-32), looking to end a losing streak and secure a better placement, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (40-35), who are two games behind the 8th and final playoff spot of the West.
Date/Time: 03-30-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5
Thunder are 44-32 (31-44-0 ATS) so far in the league and are currently tied with San Antonio on the fourth place of the West. They are 1-3 in their last 4 matches and in their last game they got defeated by San Antonio on the road with a 105-108 score. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 25.3 ppg, adding team-bests both in boards with 9.7 and in dimes made, with 10.2 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 21.7 ppg and 5.6 boards, while Carmelo Anthony adds 16.2 ppg and 5.8 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersDenver are 40-35 (34-38-3 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the 10th place of the West. They have lost their last two games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Toronto on the road with a 110-114 score. Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring with 17.7 ppg, adding team-bests both in boards, with 10.5 per game and in dimes made, with 6 per game. Gary Harris follows with 17.7 ppg, while Jamal Murray adds 16.6 ppg.
Denver leads Oklahoma 2-1 wins this season and each squad has been victorious at home. The previous game in Oklahoma City was a close one, ending 95-94. Oklahoma have a 26-12 home record so far, while Denver are 13-25 on the road. Denver have a better offense with 109.7 to Oklahoma’s 107.1 ppg, while Oklahoma have a better defense, allowing 104 ppg to Denver’s 108.5. Denver have better accuracy both from the field, with 47.02% to Oklahoma’s 45.48% and from behind the arc with 37.45% to Oklahoma’s 35.26%. They also dish more assists, with 25 to Oklahoma’s 21.2, while Oklahoma grab more rebounds (44.8 to 44.1). Denver have been weak on the road throughout the season, so expect a relatively easy Oklahoma win at home today by more than 4 points.
Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 (-109)