NBA Playoffs- Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder

by Dirty on April 27, 2011

Betting on OKC Thunder Basketball

 

 

Pointspread: Oklahoma City -6.5

Over/Under: 205

The Denver Nuggets will try and keep their season alive with a second-straight win over the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Game 5 of their first round, best-of-seven Western Conference matchup. Tip-off from the Oklahoma City Arena is set for 9:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

Denver avoided a four-game sweep with a 104-101 victory as a three-point home favorite this past Monday night. The total also ended as a ‘push’ at 205. This was the Nuggets’ first win over Oklahoma City in April after dropping two regular season games earlier in the month and the first three games of this series.

Ty Lawson continues to lead the way for Denver with an average of 16.3 points a game including a career playoff-high 27 points in Monday’s win. The Nuggets are shooting 41.4 percent from the field and averaging 97.5 points a game against the Thunder which is far below their 47.5 percent shooting and league-high 107.5 points a game in the regular season.

Oklahoma City pulled out a 107-103 win in Game 1 as a six-point home favorite, but took control of the series in Game 2 with a 106-89 victory as a 4 ½-point home favorite. The Thunder built a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 97-94 win this past Saturday as a five-point road underdog before Monday’s loss. The total stayed ‘under’ in games two and three.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have combined to score over 55 percent of Oklahoma City’s points in this series. Durant is averaging 30.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and four assists, while Westbrook is averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. The Thunder are averaging 102.8 points a game, which is the highest total of any playoff team. They also lead in rebounds with 47.5 a game.

With the exception of Game 2, all the games in this series have been close, hard-fought battles, but that will not be the case tonight as the Thunder roll to an impressive win at home to lock-up the series.



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