NBA Betting Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking for their fourth straight road win when they visit Ball Arena to take on the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night. Denver will be looking to begin a consistent stretch of play after alternating wins and losses over its last four games.

Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview: Stay Hot on the Road

The Oklahoma City Thunder come into play with a record of 6-6, 2.5 games behind Utah in the Northwest Division. The Thunder are also 10th in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City has won three games in a row on the road and will be looking to make it four straight Tuesday night. The Thunder’s last game was Friday night at home against Chicago, which it came away from with a 127-125 victory in overtime.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 33 points and had 10 assists to lead the Thunder. Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half but responded with a 13-0 run.

Lu Dort scored 21 points for the Thunder, who gained their first home win of the season. Oklahoma City had six players in double figures in the victory.

On the season, Gilgeous-Alexander is the team’s offensive leader, averaging 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists. Power forward Darius Bazley is averaging 10.4 points, and he leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game.

Dort is averaging 12.8 points, while George Hill checks in at 11.4 points per game.

Denver Nuggets Betting Preview: Consistency is Key

The Denver Nuggets come into play with a record of 6-7, three games behind Utah in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets also have a losing record at home, checking in at 3-5.

Denver has not been consistent yet this season. The Nuggets haven’t lost more than three games in a row at any point this season, but they haven’t won more than two consecutive games either.

If the Nuggets want to have a chance to win the Northwest Division, they will have to beat the teams they are chasing. They were not able to do that Sunday when they fell to the Jazz, 109-105.

Center Nikola Jokic did his part, scoring 35 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and dishing out nine assists in the losing effort. Point guard Jamal Murray added 30 points and grabbed five rebounds, along with four assists.

After that, though, there wasn’t much offense for the Nuggets, who were still without forward Michael Porter Jr., who is out due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Porter Jr. has not played since Dec. 29 and is not expected to play Tuesday.

On the season, Jokic is averaging a triple-double. He is scoring 25 points, grabbing 11.4 rebounds, and dishing out 10.3 assists per game.

Murray averages 20.3 points and four assists per game. When Porter Jr. is able to return, the Nuggets will be adding 19.3 points and 6.8 rebounds to their rotation.

Betting Lines and Predictions

BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Denver -500, while Oklahoma City currently sits at +395. The Nuggets are favored by 9.5 points, and the over/under is 220.5.

This game is going to be closer than 9.5 points, plain and simple. The Nuggets haven’t been good at home, and the Thunder have been very good on the road.

The deciding factor will be Jokic and whether or not the Thunder can contain him. They won’t completely shut him down but expect them to contain him enough that they will be able to cover the spread. Take Oklahoma City in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Oklahoma City +9.5

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