Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 10/22/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
The Denver Nuggets will try to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder at Ball Arena on Saturday.
The Thunder played the Timberwolves and took a loss by a score of 115-108 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Thunder left the arena with 26 while the Timberwolves recorded 21 fouls. They converted 10 of 38 attempts from long range. Minnesota went 81.8% from the free throw line by making 27 of 33 attempts. Additionally, Minnesota had 55 boards (14 offensive, 41 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Minnesota dished out 25 dimes and had 6 steals in the game. With respect to defending, Oklahoma City let their opponent shoot 41.5% from the field on 39 of 94 shooting. They also recorded 22 assists in this game in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned 57 with 16 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Thunder buried 18 of 22 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. Oklahoma City finished having earned a 38.4% FG percentage (38 out of 99) and converted 14 of 45 shots from 3-point land.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one player who had an impact for the contest. He was able to score 32 points on 12 of 23 shooting. He played for 37 minutes played and pulled down 6 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander finished shooting 52.2% from the floor and recorded 5 dimes.
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Oklahoma City heads into this game with a mark of 0-1 this year. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest and as a group they are committing 26.0 fouls every game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is pulling down 57.0 boards per game and has 22 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 20th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are shooting 31.1% on shots from downtown (14 of 45) and 81.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 108.0 pts per game (18th in the league) while connecting on 38.4% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing 14.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. They surrender 26.3% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 24th in the NBA in points per game allowed (115.0). The Thunder defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.5% (39 of 94) and they relinquish 55.0 boards per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 20th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 25 relinquished on the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Nuggets went home defeated by a final of 123-102 against the Jazz. In reference to rebounding, Denver permitted Utah to grab 43 overall (11 offensive). They shot 42.1% from three-point range by connecting on 16 of 38 and finished the game at 23 out of 31 from the free throw line (74.2%). The Nuggets allowed the Jazz to bury 42 out of their 83 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 50.6% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets ended up going 40 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.2%. In reference to shots from downtown, Denver converted 5 of 22 attempts (22.7%). They were able to convert 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 94.4%. The Jazz committed 21 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They also gave up possession 21 times, while getting 10 steals for the matchup. The Nuggets recorded 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 35 in this matchup.
Nikola Jokic ended up being important for the Nuggets for the matchup. Jokic earned 27 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood and added 6 dimes for the game. He buried 12 of 17 for the contest for a field goal rate of 70.6%, and earned 4 rebounds.
Denver has a record of 0-1 for the campaign. The Nuggets commit 23.0 fouls per game and they shoot 94.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 21.0 times per game (25th in basketball) and they are turning it over 21.0 times per game. Denver has accounted for 102 pts this season. As an offense, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.2% from the floor, which ranks 8th in the NBA.
The Nuggets on the defensive end are ranked 28th in the league in points per game surrendered with 123.0. They are able to force 20.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 50.6% from the floor (29th in the NBA). The Denver defense gives up 42.1% on shots from distance (16 of 38) and their opponents are connecting on 74.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 27.0 dimes and 43.0 boards every game, which has them ranked 26th and 14th in basketball.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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