Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 22 (10/22): NBA

Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 22 (10/22): NBA

 

Odds

Time 9:00 p.m. EST
Nuggets money line -420
Nuggets spread +9 (-110)
Thunder money line +315
Thunder spread -9 (-110)
Over / under 228

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Denver Nuggets Oklahoma City Thunder
Record 1-1 1-0
Road / home record 0-0 1-0
Streak W1  
Points per game 102.00 123.00
Points allowed per game 123.00 109.00
Rebounds per game 35.00 48.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 48.00
Over / under record 0-1 1-0
 

Preview

The Denver Nuggets travel to San Francisco to take on the defending champions the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chase Center on Friday night. These teams met 9 times last season and Thunder led 5-4 and lost twice at home.  

 

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets got destroyed in their season opener 123-102 against the Utah Jazz and were dominated by the Thunder in the playoffs losing 4-1. They were 25-16 on the road last season with a 48-34 record ranking second in the Northwest. Denver was sixth in the Western Conference with 48.7 points per game in the paint led by Nikola Jokic averaging 15.6.

Nikola Jokic was scoring 26.5 points per game and averaging 13.6 rebounds for the Nuggets. Nah'Shon Hyland is averaging 16.0 points and 3.2 rebounds over the last 10 games for Denver.

In their last 10 games, the Nuggets are 3-7, averaging 118.4 points, 43.2 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 51.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.8 points per game.

The team will have Murray back with the team as well as Michael Porter although Murray is questionable for this game. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have won 3 of their last 5 games but are just 12-26 on the road this season with a 24-55 record overall ranking 5th in the Northwest division. The Thunder are 6-9 against the rest of the division. Oklahoma City is 7-6 in games decided by less than 4 points.

Josh Giddey is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists for the Thunder. Theo Maledon is averaging 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 46.7% over the past 10 games for Oklahoma City.

In their last 10 games the Thunder are 4-6, averaging 110.9 points, 46.2 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.4 points.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Denver are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against Oklahoma City.

Denver are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against Oklahoma City.

Denver are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Denver are 4-13 SU in their last 17 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games.

Oklahoma City are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games against Denver.

Oklahoma City are 14-1 SU in their last 15 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Nuggets were awful in their 1st game of the season as they were outscored 123-102 against Utah and were dominated by the Thunder in the last season playoffs. On the other hand, the Thunder looked like they supposed to look, like Champions as they dominated the Lakers at home. Murray is questionable for this game so I think they'll be cautious about him while the Thunder are full healthy and are at home again. I'm going with the Thunder.

PICK: Thunder +9 (-110)

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