Nuggets vs. Thunder Betting Preview (February 12th, 2021)

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Feb 26, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts after a play in the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday and they are looking to build on that win Friday against the Thunder. Oklahoma City is in the midst of a rebuild, but they are not an easy win on the schedule. That young group comes to play each night and Denver can’t take them lightly.

Let’s take a look at some of the best bets for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Thunder betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Thunder Betting Preview

Before we get into Friday’s game between the Nuggets and Thunder, we should mention DraftKings Colorado’s insane promotion on Nuggets-Lakers on Sunday. Bettors can bet $25 and win $25 if either team scores a point. Of course, it’s physically impossible for two NBA teams to play a game without scoring so this is an easy win.

But back to the game at hand. The Thunder have cooled off after their hot start to the season and they are sitting at 10-14, which puts them in 14th place in the Western Conference. As for the Nuggets, they are currently occupying the seven seed out West at 13-11. Clearly, there isn’t much difference in records between these two despite their distance in the standings.

Nuggets vs. Thunder Odds

All lines courtesy of DraftKings Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets -12 (-112) // Thunder +12 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets -1000 // Thunder +650
  • Total: Over 222 (-113) // Under 222 (-108)

Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Nuggets Over Team Total 117.5 (-109).

The Nuggets are one of the best offensive teams in the NBA with a 115.8 offensive rating on NBA.com. Meanwhile, the Thunder are one of the worst defensive teams with a 111.6 defensive rating. With this in mind, we’re taking the over on the Nuggets team total at 117.5 (-109).

That’s a high number that might scare off some bettors, but it’s worth taking a chance on this one. Denver has gone over that total in nine games this year, winning all but one of them.

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Bets We Like With A Thunder Win

Under 222 (-108)

Let’s look at the other side of the coin. If the Thunder can manage to step up their defensive effort and slow down Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, they have a shot to knock off the Nuggets.

They won’t be able to keep up with Denver in a shootout, but if they can turn this game into a grind-it-out slugfest, they can pull off the upset.

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Bets We Like Regardless Of Outcome

Will Barton Over 3.5 Assists (+125)

Will Barton didn’t record a single assist in Denver’s 38-point thrashing of the Cavaliers on Wednesday, but he rattled off at least four assists in four games before that. As teams continue to key on Jokic and Murray, guys like Barton have ample opportunities to create for themselves and others. Look for Barton to carve up the Thunder defense with his passing on Friday night.

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Nuggets vs. Thunder Prediction, Pick

The Thunder have a bright future ahead, but they won’t be up to the task against the Nuggets. Denver is a contender in the Western Conference and these are the types of games they need to win with some conviction. The spread is a bit high, but we still feel pretty comfortable backing Denver here.

The Pick: Nuggets cover -12.

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