Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+6)
The Denver Nuggets (13-11) play the Oklahoma City Thunder (10-14) at Ball Arena on Friday. Denver opens this game as 6-point favorites. The total opens at 231.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took the court against the Los Angeles Lakers and took a loss by a score of 114-113 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished the game having earned a 47.0% field goal percentage (47 out of 100) and converted 7 out of their 31 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 12 of their 14 attempts for a rate of 85.7%. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned 46 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 32 assists in this matchup as well as getting 11 steals and 4 rejections. When discussing defense, Oklahoma City allowed 47.2% from the field on 42 out of 89 shooting. Los Angeles earned 22 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. Moreover, the Lakers snagged 43 rebounds (6 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Los Angeles ended up going 83.3% at the free throw line by making 20 of their 24 shots. They also made 10 out of their 35 shots from beyond the arc.
Al Horford is one player who was a factor in this game. He accounted for 25 points on 11 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 33:55 mins and grabbed 8 rebounds. Horford finished 61.1% from the field and dished out 8 assists. One more player that had an impact in the matchup for the Thunder was Kenrich Williams. He collected 6 rebounds and also tallied 2 assists. He finished shooting 78.6% from the field in the matchup by shooting 11-of-14 (24 points). Overall, Williams was on the hardwood for 40:15 min.
Oklahoma City heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 10-14 for the season. The Thunder are hitting 33.7% on shots from distance (306 of 907) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 107.9 points per outing (25th in the NBA) while hitting 45.1% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.1 fouls every game. As a team, Oklahoma City is grabbing 44.7 boards per contest and has tallied 552 dimes this year, which has them ranked 26th in the league in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Thunder are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 18.8 personal fouls. They are 13th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 601 surrendered on the campaign. The Thunder defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.3% (321 of 451) and they surrender 48.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They relinquish 35.3% on shots from downtown and they rank 24th in the NBA in opponents points per game (114.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Denver Nuggets went home victorious with a score of 133-95 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nuggets snagged 35 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They rejected 9 tries while recording 12 steals in the matchup. The Cavaliers committed 18 fouls for the game which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They were able to convert 15 of them for a percentage of 71.4%. Regarding shots from distance, Denver converted 16 out of 36 attempts (44.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets went 51 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a rate of 60.0%. The Nuggets allowed the Cavaliers to convert 36 out of their 94 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.3% in this game. They finished the game shooting 21.6% from 3-point land via 8 of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). In the matter of rebounds, Denver allowed Cleveland to snag 49 in total (18 on the offensive side).
Paul Millsap ended up having an impact for the Nuggets for the contest. He made 7 out of 8 for this contest giving him a rate of 87.5%, which earned him 22 points. Millsap totaled 4 rebounds in his 26:40 mins of time on the hardwood and had 3 dimes for the matchup. Another guy that was important for Denver was Michael Porter. He left the arena with 19 points in 27:38 mins played by way of 6 out of 10 shooting for the contest. Porter finished going 60.0% from the floor while totaling 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 13-11 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Nuggets are shooting 48.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 6th in the league. Denver has scored 2,784 points so far this season (116.0 per contest) and they average 44.5 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 26.9 times per contest (5th in the league) and they cough up possession 13.9 times per game. The Nuggets are responsible for committing 19.9 fouls per game while shooting 77.4% from the free throw line. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 17th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.9. The Denver defense surrenders 36.9% on shots from 3-point land (317 of 858) and opponents are making 76.3% of their free throw attempts. They concede 26.7 dimes and 41.7 boards every game, which has them ranked 28th and 3rd in basketball. They are able to force 14.9 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.4% from the floor (23rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+6)
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