Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, Tips & Odds – Dec. 17, 2023
Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction 17.12.2023. One of the most interesting duels of the evening is played in Denver, where the home Nuggets welcome the team of Oklahoma City Thunder, who are the most pleasant surprise this season in the NBA league.
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Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
Denver Nuggets Team News
The Nuggets have been playing quite erratically lately, and after a streak of three losses, they have now made a streak of three wins. These fluctuating results come as a result of Nikola Jokic’s slightly worse form as well as injuries to the main players. In the last few games, Jokic has become quite nervous and is often in communication with the referees. Although he has been by far the best player in the league for a couple of years, he is not at all “protected” by the referees, which the opposing defenses make the most of and play much rougher defense on him. In the match against the Bulls, Jokic was ejected from the match, but even that did not prevent the Nuggets from winning.
Murray, who was absent for almost a month due to injury, is back for the Nuggets and is slowly catching up with his rhythm and recognizable form. The key factor in this match should be the Nuggets’ defense, as well as the individual quality of Jokic and Murray. It is especially important for the Nuggets that someone else always steps up when the team’s leaders are not contributing. In the match against the Bulls, it was the experienced Jackson with 26 points, while Starwther added 16 points, while against the Nets, the x-factor was Watson with 18 points.
Brought that energy last night 🔋— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 15, 2023
Oklahoma City Thunder Team News
The Thunder are definitely the biggest surprise of the league and are playing great basketball, which has led them to a 15-8 record, and currently in third place in the West. This is a big improvement for the Thunder, especially if we consider that it is a very young team that was one of the worst in the entire league in previous seasons. However, this season a lot of things came together for them, and above all, they got a ready Chet Holmgren who did a great job in his first NBA season and makes a difference on both sides of the court. However, the alpha and omega of the team is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is playing as if in a trance this season. He averages 31 points and is one of the most effective players in the league, and Thunder’s game largely depends on his mood. They weren’t particularly bothered by the affair involving Josh Giddey, who is one of the best young players in the league.
The Thunder are a very unpleasant team that forces fast basketball and plays in transition, in addition, they are also one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league. In the last match, they were defeated as guests by the Kings, and SGA scored 43 points and added 9 assists. This season, they already met the Nuggets once and were convincingly defeated, and this is precisely the worst match of SGA this season, where he scored only 7 points, shooting 2/16 from the field.
Stayed in the fight pic.twitter.com/vEeZWXkL6H— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 15, 2023
Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder H2H
23.01.23 – Nuggets : Thunder – 99:101
Injuries and suspensions
Oklahoma City Thunder: -.
Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction
Denver is the favorite in this match and we expect their victory, just like in the first match between these two teams, which they played less than a month ago. The point of reference should certainly not be the party provided by SGA, but Nikola Jokic. Jokic dominated that match and the Thunder defense simply did not have enough quality or strength to match him.
Tips-off Time: Saturday, 16.12.2023, 08:00 PM Local Time / Sunday, 17.12.2023, 03:00 CET
Prediction: Denver Nuggets -3.5
Odds (when tipped): 1.705