NBA Game Preview at YouWager: Thunder vs. Nuggets
9:00 PM ET, December 17, 2013
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently the NBA’s hottest team. Tonight they will try to extend the longest active victory streak in the league to seven games when they visit the Denver Nuggets.
The Thunder (19-4), which have won 14 of their previous 15 games, has been doing absolutely fantastic specially with speed and athleticism on both ends of the floor. This team is averaging 17.8 fast break points, one of the best totals in the NBA, with stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way.
Durant leads the league in scoring at 28.5 points per game, and YouWager experts consider he’s done his best work while attacking the basket, with 95 of his 206 field goals coming at or around the rim.
Westbrook is averaging 21.0 points and has been creating chances to open the floor with a team-leading 40 steals.
When facing the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Oklahoma City ran out to 27 fast-break points and scored 50 in the paint. However, the Thunder were somewhat sluggish in the fourth quarter allowing the Magic to rally from a 16-point deficit before holding on to come out victorious 101-98.
If Denver wants to try to slow down Oklahoma City they’ll need a better defensive performance than the last time these basketball teams met. Durant scored 38 points and Westbrook added 30 in the Thunder’s 115-113 home win on Nov. 18.
Five Nuggets players scored in double figures in that one, led by Ty Lawson’s 29, but Denver allowed Oklahoma City to shoot 13 for 27 from 3-point range.
Denver (14-9) has been doing a good job at home lately, winning seven of their last eight at home. Still, coach Brian Shaw believes his team’s level of play needs to rise versus Oklahoma City.
In the Nuggets’ last game, a 102-93 win versus the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, Nate Robinson had two blocked shots. It marked only the fourth time in the guard’s nine-year career that the 29 year-old has recorded more than one block in a game.