NBA Picks for Thunder vs. Nuggets

Jeff Grant

Thursday, January 9, 2014 12:17 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:17 PM GMT

The Oklahoma City Thunder had their lengthy road winning streak snapped last time out, as they prepare to take on the Denver Nuggets Thursday.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Western Conference matchup at the Pepsi Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Trouble in Salt Lake

Oklahoma City had its eight-game road winning streak come to an end last time out, as it suffered a 112-101 defeat to the Utah Jazz as six-point favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.

The Thunder allowed the Jazz to shoot 58.8 percent from the field in that affair, as they played without shot-blocking forward Serge Ibaka, who was out of the lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 31-10 SU and 29-12 ATS off a loss as a favorite.

Streaking

Denver has averaged 125.7 points over its current three-game winning streak, while it has gone OVER the betting total in four consecutive affairs.

The Nuggets have four of five probable starters averaging 10.3 points or more per game, but could be without forward Wilson Chandler, who strained his groin in a 129-98 blowout victory over the Boston Celtics Tuesday.

NBA handicappers will find that the Nuggets are 5-9 SU and 6-8 ATS versus teams with a winning record during the 2013-14 campaign.

Bouncing back

The Thunder have compiled an NBA-best 36-9 SU record in bounce-back games since the start of the 2011-12 season, while they’ve covered the number in 29 of their last 41 opportunities off a upset loss as a favorite.

Oklahoma City will need a major performance out of forward Kevin Durant, who is averaging 34 points in his last three games in this series, especially with starting point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) out of the lineup.

Playing in the Mile High City

The Nuggets have won nine of their last 12 home games in this series, but they’ve compiled a mediocre 9-8 SU record at this venue in 17 opportunities this season.

Denver has a great opportunity of winning any game due to its bench play—a unit that ranks third in the league in scoring and first in rebounding.

Outlook

I’ve established a handicapper line favoring the Thunder by 2.5 points, as I expect Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha to play for the visitor, while Wilson Chandler is a game-time decision for the host.

It’s important to point out that the UNDER is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings at this venue. Knowing these trends where are you looking to place your money for your NBA picks?

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