NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, 3/19/13, 8:00 PM EST, TV: NBATV
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma City -8.5
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma City -9.5
Opening Total: 216
Current Total: 215.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Denver has won 12 games in a row, including a 119-118 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls as 3.5-point road favorites Monday night, while going OVER the posted total of 195. “I’m proud of the way we stayed strong,” commented Nuggets coach George Karl. The Nuggets are 16-19 overall on the road, including a 5-8 mark versus Eastern Conference foes. Denver is 17-0 SU and 16-1 ATS when playing with a total of 210 or higher, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread Tuesday night.
The Nuggets have dropped four of their last five road games against the Thunder, as they’ve allowed 112.0 points per game in those contests. Denver has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with point guard Ty Lawson leading the way. Reserve guard Wilson Chandler provided a major lift last time out, as he finished with 35 points against the Bulls.
Oklahoma City has won three consecutive games by scoring 100-plus points, including a 107-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks as five-point road favorites Sunday, while the UNDER is 3-1-1 in its last five games. The Thunder are led on the offensive end by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, as the duo has enjoyed tremendous success against the Nuggets recently. Westbrook is averaging 33.2 points in his last six meetings in the series, while Durant is providing 31.4 in his last 23 games in this rivalry. Oklahoma City is 24-10 ATS at home this season, with the OVER going 19-14-1 in that situation.
The Thunder have won their last seven games overall at Chesapeake Energy Arena, outscoring foes by an incredible 22.3 points per game. Offensively, the team ranks second in the league behind only the Houston Rockets in scoring, while sitting atop the NBA in point differential.
Sports bettors will likely back the Thunder due to their 10-1 ATS mark at home versus a team with a losing road record, while the Nuggets are 1-3-1 ATS on the road versus a team with a winning home record.
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