Oklahoma City vs. Denver, 02/01/2018 22:30 EDT, Score: 124 - 127

Point Spread: +1½/-110 Denver

Sportsbook: Bookmaker

Result: Win

The Thunder have possibly put it all together as they have been surging of late. I'm not completely sold on their sudden reversal in fortunes just  yet, despite of the prognosticators and media shoveling their love for them down our proverbial throats. Hey guys, I'm not dumping on the  Thunder, because the big three of Westbrook, Melo, and George are true big times talents, I'm just throwing caution to the wind as their a lot of basketball to played this season, before a definite stance can be taken and in my opinion the jury is still out.  In their last trip to the hardwood Oklahoma City had  a 8 game win streak abruptly ended against Washington despite of the Wizards playing without John Wall, and in the recent past have proven themselves unreliable and inconsistent despite of their talent levels. With that said, I'll take a contrarian stance, and back the young but talented Denver Nuggets to grab us some cash in the Mile High city tonight. It must be also noted that Oklahoma City has crashed and burned consistently after being cash cows for their backers for extended periods, as this trend indicates: OKLAHOMA CITY is 1-12 ATS   in road games after covering 5 or 6 of their last 7 against the spread . The Thunder have also not been able to take advantage of struggling defenses:
OKLAHOMA CITY is 6-16 ATS  L/22 versus poor defensive teams - shooting pct defense of 46% or worse this season.

OKLAHOMA CITY is also just  2-10 ATS  vs. division opponents this season. Thunder are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Northwest.Nuggets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest.

NBA team vs the money line (DENVER) - average free throw shooting team (72-76%) against a poor free throw shooting team (69-72%), average ball handling team (14.5-16.5 TO's) against a good ball handling team (14.5  or less TO's) are 25-9 L/5 seasons SU for a 74% conversion rate for bettors.

Injury update: Nuggets C Nikola Jokic (ankle) is probable Thursday vs Oklahoma City.

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