NBA Playoff Betting Preview – Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

by Dirty on April 15, 2011

Betting on OKC Thunder Basketball



It took until the final day of the regular season, but the first round matchups in the NBA Western Conference playoffs have been set and the No. 5 seed Denver Nuggets will square-off against their Northwest Division rival, the No.4 seed Oklahoma City Thunder in this best-of-seven series.

Denver finished the regular season on a roll with seven victories in its last 10 games and was 6-2 against the spread in its last eight. The Nuggets ended the year 50-32 straight-up and 44-34-4 ATS. The total stayed ‘under’ in six of its last 10 games and in 42 of 82 games overall.

Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler have done a great job filling the void left by Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. They have combined for 27.2 points a game to help lead Denver to the highest scoring average in the NBA, with 107.5 points a game.

Oklahoma City also won seven of its last 10 games to finish the season 55-27 SU and 43-38-1 ATS. It was tied for the third-best road record in the West at 27-14 SU. The total went ‘over’ in four of its last five games and in 45 of 82 games overall.

Kevin Durant made a strong case for this season’s MVP with a league-high 27.7 points a game. Combined with Russell Westbrook’s 21.9 points a game, these two have accounted for 47.3 percent of the team’s points this season. Kendrick Perkins leads the team in rebounds with 7.9 a game since coming over from Boston.

The Thunder went 3-1 both SU and ATS against the Nuggets this season including a 101-94 victory on April 5 as a 4 ½-point underdog and a 104-89 romp as a 4 ½-point favorite on April 8. The total stayed ‘under’ in the last three meetings.

Oklahoma City is poised to make a deep run in this year’s playoffs but getting by Denver in this series will not be as easy as it looks. These two teams have a genuine dislike for one another and this should be a battle to the end. Home-court advantage prevails as the Thunder wrap this series up with a win in Game 7.

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