Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-7)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the site where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-19) will take on the Denver Nuggets (17-15) on Saturday. Oklahoma City opens this game as 7-point dogs. The total is set at 225.5.
The Denver Nuggets stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington Wizards and ended up losing by a score of 112-110 in their last contest. Denver ended the contest with a 43.5% FG percentage (37 out of 85) and made 15 out of their 38 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Nuggets converted 21 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 44 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 dimes in this matchup while creating 11 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When it comes to defense, Denver let their opponent shoot 47.7% from the floor on 41 out of 86 shooting. Washington recorded 24 assists and had 9 steals in the game. Moreover, Washington collected 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Washington ended up shooting 88.0% from the free throw line by converting 22 of their 25 tries. They also converted 8 of 26 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Jamal Murray is a guy who had an impact for the contest. He walked away with 34 points on 12 of 23 shooting. He saw the court for 41:47 mins and totaled 6 rebounds. Murray finished the game at 52.2% from the field and earned 6 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this contest for the Nuggets was Nikola Jokic. He snagged 11 rebounds in his 37:42 minutes played. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 9-of-18 (24 points). When the final whistle was blown, Jokic accounted for 7 assists.
Denver enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 17-15 on the year. They are averaging 115.2 pts per game (6th in the NBA) while hitting 48.0% from the field. The Nuggets are connecting on 38.4% on shots from distance (431 of 1,122) and 78.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Denver is grabbing 43.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 842 assists so far this season, which ranks 4th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.7 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Nuggets are able to force 14.6 turnovers every game while drawing 20.7 personal fouls. They surrender 36.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 14th in basketball in PPG allowed (111.6). The Nuggets defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.3% (466 of 662) and they surrender 42.3 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 27th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 855 conceded on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took home the win by a final score of 102-99 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder were able to snag 42 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Spurs were called for 13 personal fouls for this contest which took the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of those for a clip of 90.9%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City converted 18 of their 44 attempts (40.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Thunder finished the game shooting 37 for 89 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.6%. The Thunder permitted the Spurs to bury 40 out of their 86 attempts from the field which left them shooting 46.5% for the matchup. They finished 36.0% from beyond the arc by going 9 of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 15 from the charity stripe (66.7%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Oklahoma City allowed San Antonio to snag 44 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up being important for the Thunder in this matchup. He knocked down 13 of 20 in this game giving him a rate of 65.0%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander had 42 points in his 38:01 mins of playing time and had 4 assists in this game. Someone else who came through for Oklahoma City was Luguentz Dort. He finished this one with 1 assist in his 30:44 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 6 out of 12 from the floor. Dort ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field while also earning 16 points and 4 total rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a record of 13-19 so far this season. The Thunder have committed 18.3 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.7% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 23.2 times per contest (24th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.7 times per game. Oklahoma City has tallied 3,413 points so far this year (106.7 per contest) and they collect 44.7 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Thunder are connecting on 44.8% from the floor, which ranks 25th in basketball. The Thunder are ranked 16th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.1. The Oklahoma City defense concedes 35.1% on shots from distance (414 of 1,181) and their opposition knocks down 75.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 25.0 dimes and 48.3 total boards per game, ranking them 19th and 30th in the league. They have forced 13.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.1% from the floor (12th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+7)
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