Thunder Against the Spread | Cautiously Take OKC to Cover Against Denver

I’ll be honest: I’m not a big fan of a 3-point spread against a potential Western Conference juggernaut. While the Nuggets should be considered one of the favorites to come out of the West on top, they certainly haven’t been playing like it, and perhaps that’s why this spread is so close. Denver hasn’t done a great job at covering the spread all season, particularly on the road, and with OKC coming off a rough game on Monday, I think they are going to come out much more focused against the Nuggets.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #18 Preview: Denver Nuggets

The Oklahoma City Thunder struggled to shoot the ball on Monday night against the New York Knicks, and Jalen Brunson scored a season-high 34 points, leading his team to a 129-119 victory over OKC. The Thunder gets another chance to play in front of the home crowd on Wednesday night as they host Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Can OKC’s Streak Continue?

Oklahoma City has been almost perfect at covering the spread so far this season with a 6-1 record. Tonight’s matchup, however, is a little trickier to pick. On paper, the Nuggets are clearly a better team. Nikola Jokic is the reigning back-to-back MVP, Jamal Murray is back after a year off due to injury, and Michael Porter Jr. is an exciting young up-and-comer. Still, Denver is just a 6-point favorite, and that’s likely due to their lack of consistency so far. Meanwhile, OKC has been rolling with 4 straight wins. I feel like it’s a trap to expect the Thunder to keep winning, at least against a legitimate contender like Denver, so I’m going to have to take the Nuggets to cover the slim spread.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game 8 Preview: Denver Nuggets

Winners of four straight, the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) is one of the hottest teams in the league right now. For the first time since January 10, 2021, OKC is over .500, but that is in jeopardy tonight as the Thunder hosts the Denver Nuggets (4-3). The two teams met just 12 days ago in Denver, a 5-point decision in favor of the Nuggets.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Expect a Lot of Points in Denver

The Nuggets are playing in the second game of a back-to-back, and the Thunder are well-rested after a couple days off. OKC came out pretty rusty in their opener, shooting just 38.4% from the field, but I anticipate they will look a little sharper tonight. Because of that expect the game to be close.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #2 Preview: Denver Nuggets

Tonight, the Thunder travels to Denver to take on the Nuggets, who struggled in their own season opener. Despite being considered one of the favorites to win the Western Conference, the Nuggets dropped their first game of the season 123-102 to the Utah Jazz, but last night, Denver managed to defeat the defending champion Golden State Warriors 128-123. Needless to say, the Nuggets have a lot of potential to be the league’s best, so the young guns from OKC will have their hands full tonight trying to stop reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and his crew.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #74: Denver Nuggets

The Oklahoma City Thunder is fresh off a 118-102 win against the Orlando Magic that a lot of Thunder fans view as a horrible mistake. At this point, OKC has been eliminated from the Playoffs, an expectation from day one, and so the goal should be finishing as low in the standings as possible in order to have a better chance at a top pick. That goal becomes much easier to attain when you play a clearly better team like the Thunder does tonight as they take on the Denver Nuggets on the road.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Take OKC As Double-Digit Road Dogs

The Thunder crumbled late against the Sacramento Kings at home on Monday night, and a single-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter ended in a 21-point loss. Regardless, OKC has actually covered the spread more efficiently on the road than at home, while Denver has struggled to cover regardless of where they play. This spread is as much as the Nuggets have been favored all season long, and I just don’t think they can keep the Thunder from making this into a single-digit game late.

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OKC Thunder | Game #62 Preview: Denver Nuggets

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s struggles continue, but the same cannot be said for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. In his three games since returning from a sprained ankle, Shai has averaged 35 points per game while shooting 61.2% from the floor. With the laundry list of injuries that the Thunder is currently dealing with, it just makes sense that SGA would step up and do what is necessary to keep OKC competitive. The Thunder will need another explosive game from Shai tonight as they travel to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Seriously Lacking Faith in the Thunder

Based on how OKC has played lately, I have very little faith that they can cover a single-digit spread right now. Emotions aside, 7 points seems like a decent enough line to go either way, but again, I just don’t have the faith to take the Thunder in this one after getting blown out by 30 just a couple of days ago.

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