Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+9)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (6-6) head to Ball Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Denver Nuggets (6-7). Oklahoma City opens this contest as 9-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 220.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder played the Chicago Bulls and walked away with a win by a score of 127-125 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished the game having earned a 45.7% FG percentage (48 of 105) and knocked down 15 out of their 45 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 16 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected 44 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 26 assists in this game as well as getting 12 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to shoot 47.3% from the floor on 43 out of 91 shooting. Chicago doled out 27 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. In addition, the Bulls pulled down 56 boards (9 offensive, 47 defensive) and earned 8 blocks. Chicago finished the contest at 72.0% from the free throw line by making 18 of 25 tries. They knocked down 21 of their 46 attempts from distance.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one player who came through for the game. He accumulated 33 points on 13 of 19 shooting. He played for 43:31 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander went 68.4% from the floor and also totaled 10 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Thunder was Luguentz Dort. He snagged 8 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He finished shooting 46.7% from the field for the contest via 7-of-15 (21 points). Overall, Dort played for 39:47 min.
Oklahoma City enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 6-6 for the year. The Thunder are hitting 33.0% on three-point shots (154 of 466) and 72.5% from the free throw line. They average 106.0 points per outing (28th in the NBA) while shooting 44.8% from the field. They cough up possession 14.8 times per game and as a group they commit 19.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling in 45.0 rebounds per contest and has 267 dimes this year, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Thunder are able to force 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 19.5 personal fouls. They rank 13th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 301 conceded for the season. The Thunder are allowing a FG percentage of 46.2% (151 of 234) and they surrender 49.3 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 18th in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.1).
The last time they took the court, the Denver Nuggets took a loss by a final score of 109-105 when they faced the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets were able to collect 29 defensive boards and 23 offensive boards totaling 52 for the contest. They also stuffed 6 tries while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Jazz had 21 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to bury 11 of them for a percentage of 73.3%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Denver made 14 of their 37 attempts (37.8%). When the game finished, the Nuggets ended up shooting 40 for 100 from the field which gave them a rate of 40.0%. The Nuggets allowed the Jazz to knock down 39 of their 76 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.3% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 40.5% from 3-point land by hitting 15 of 37 and finished the game at 16 out of 28 at the free throw line (57.1%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Denver permitted Utah to get 36 in total (7 offensive).
Nikola Jokić ended up being a factor for the Nuggets in the matchup. He converted 14 out of 23 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 60.9%, which earned him 35 points. Jokić pulled down 14 rebounds in his 39:50 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 9 assists in this matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Denver was Jamal Murray. He totaled 30 points in his 42:10 mins played by way of 11 of 27 shooting in the matchup. Murray ended the game having shot 40.7% from the floor and also totaling 4 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 6-7 so far this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.3% from the field, which ranks 5th in the NBA. Denver has totaled 1,500 points so far this year (115.4 per game) and they average 43.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 27.2 times per contest (3rd in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.4 times per contest. The Nuggets are responsible for committing 20.9 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 73.9% from the charity stripe. The Nuggets are ranked 21st in the league in points per game surrendered with 112.5. They have surrendered 26.8 assists and 40.8 boards per contest, which ranks them 24th and 3rd in the NBA. The Denver defense allows 39.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (170 of 435) and opponents are knocking down 74.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 48.4% from the floor (25th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+9)
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