Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 3/2/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Bally Sports OK
The Denver Nuggets (36-25) will try to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (19-42) at Ball Arena on Wednesday.
The Thunder faced the Kings and took a loss by a final of 131-110 in their last game. Oklahoma City walked away from the game having earned a 46.5% FG percentage (40 out of 86) and made 11 of their 35 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Thunder buried 19 of their 27 attempts for a rate of 70.4%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 38 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 28 assists for this contest while forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In terms of defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to go 56.3% from the floor on 49 out of 87 shooting. Sacramento doled out 46 assists and had 30 steals for the game. Furthermore, Sacramento grabbed 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Sacramento went 76.7% from the charity stripe by burying 23 of their 30 tries. They made 10 of their 31 attempts from downtown. In the matter of fouls, the Thunder finished with 26 and the Kings recorded 16 fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player who had an impact for this game. He had 37 points on 12 out of 16 shooting. He played 33 minutes and snagged 7 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander ended up going 75.0% from the field and dished out 10 assists.
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Oklahoma City comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 19-42 so far this season. They turn it over 13.5 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is grabbing 46.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,316 dimes for the season, which is 29th in the league in terms of passing. The Thunder are connecting on 31.2% from downtown (710 of 2,274) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. They average 101.9 points per outing (30th in basketball) while hitting 42.1% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They relinquish 34.2% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 13th in basketball in opponents PPG (108.8). The Thunder are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.0% (2,476 of 5,500) and they surrender 48.9 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 23rd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,549 relinquished for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the court, the Nuggets went home victorious with a score of 124-92 against the Trail Blazers. In the matter of team rebounding, Denver allowed Portland to get 31 in all (11 offensive). They went 16.7% from 3-point land by shooting 6 out of 36 and finished the game at 18 of 26 at the charity stripe (69.2%). The Nuggets permitted the Trail Blazers to knock down 34 of their 91 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 37.4% in the game. When this game wrapped up, the Nuggets shot 44 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.2%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Denver buried 12 of 37 attempts (32.4%). They were able to convert 24 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 77.4%. The Trail Blazers were called for 15 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Nuggets to the free throw line for 31 shots. They also turned it over 14 times, while earning 9 steals for the contest. The Nuggets were able to corral 47 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 55 in this matchup.
JaMychal Green was important for the Nuggets in the matchup. He converted 7 of 8 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 87.5%, and totaled 10 rebounds. Green earned 20 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to notch an assist.
Denver has a mark of 36-25 this year. The Nuggets commit 19.4 fouls per contest and they hit 79.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.2 times per contest (3rd in the league) and they turn it over 14.4 times per contest. Denver has 6,740 points for the season (110.5 per contest) and they pull in 44.1 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Nuggets are connecting on 47.5% from the field, which ranks them 3rd in basketball.
The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 12th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 107.6. They are forcing 13.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (21st in the league). The Denver defense surrenders 33.4% on three-point shots (700 of 2,094) and their opposition knocks down 75.3% of their foul shots. They surrender 24.4 dimes and 42.6 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 15th and 4th in the league.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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