Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 12/22/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Paycom Center is the location where the Oklahoma City Thunder (10-19) will attempt to beat the Denver Nuggets (15-14) on Wednesday.
The Nuggets faced off with the Hawks and went home with a win by a final score of 133-115 in their last game. Denver ended with a 58.1% field goal percentage (50 of 86) and converted 17 of their 38 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Nuggets knocked down 16 of 18 tries for a percentage of 88.9%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 38 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 35 assists in this game in addition to creating 3 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In terms of defense, Denver allowed their opponent to shoot 46.6% from the floor on 41 out of 88 shooting. Atlanta recorded 37 dimes and had 22 steals for this game. In addition, Atlanta snagged 27 rebounds (10 offensive, 17 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Atlanta ended up shooting 76.5% when shooting free throws by making 26 of their 34 shots. They converted 7 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. In reference to fouls, the Nuggets finished with 22 and the Hawks totaled 15 fouls.
Nikola Jokic is one player who was a factor in this game. He totaled 20 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He played for 26 minutes and snagged 10 rebounds. Jokic finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor and earned 7 dimes.
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Denver comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 15-14 so far this season. They have an average of 106.8 pts per game (19th in the league) while going 46.8% from the field. The Nuggets are connecting on 34.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (366 of 1,049) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Denver is pulling in 42.1 rebounds per contest and has totaled 749 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 13.6 times per game and as a team are committing 18.8 fouls per game.
On the defensive end, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.4 fouls. They rank 10th in basketball in giving up assists with 704 relinquished on the season. The Nuggets are giving up a FG percentage of 47.0% (1,171 of 2,493) and they concede 44.0 boards per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 34.5% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 12th in the league in PPG allowed (106.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Thunder took home the win by a final score of 102-99 when they faced the Grizzlies. The Thunder were able to snag 38 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in the matchup. They coughed up the ball 14 times, while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Grizzlies earned 12 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of those for a rate of 67.9%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Oklahoma City buried 11 of 38 attempts (28.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Thunder walked away from this one shooting 36 out of 84 from the field which had them shooting 42.9%. The Thunder permitted the Grizzlies to convert 39 of their 101 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 38.6% for the matchup. They finished 34.4% from distance by connecting on 11 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 13 from the free throw line (76.9%). In reference to attacking the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Memphis to grab 34 in total (17 on the offensive side).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up being important for the Thunder in the game. He made 8 of 19 in this game giving him a rate of 42.1%, and had 5 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 23 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 4 dimes for the contest.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss record of 10-19 for the campaign. As an offense, the Thunder are connecting on 41.3% from the field, which ranks them 30th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has scored 2,878 pts so far this year (99.2 per contest) and they collect 45.8 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 20.4 times per game (30th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per game. The Thunder are responsible for committing 17.5 fouls every game and they shoot 74.7% from the charity stripe.
The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the league in points allowed per game with 107.8. They are forcing their opponents into 13.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.5% from the field (12th in the league). The Oklahoma City defense gives up 36.6% on shots from distance (412 of 1,126) and opponents are knocking down 78.2% of their foul shots. They concede 24.8 dimes and 48.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 22nd and 29th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver
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