Denver +8.5 at Oklahoma City O/U 209
The Nuggets will be looking forward to this match-up tonight on ESPN. Of course, it was the Thunder who broke up Denver’s sensational second half run last season. The Nuggets were overwhelmed at times during that playoff series and eventually swept. Again, you can count on George Karl and the Nuggets circling this game on their calendar as they look for playoff revenge. The Nuggets have struggled on the court of late, while losing seven of their last nine. Injuries have hampered this team, and they expect to be without Nene for this showdown. The schedule has been unforgiving for this team as you could clearly see in a few recent games there was simply little in the gas tank. Meanwhile, the Thunder have played a tough schedule as well posting a 5-3 record over their last eight games. As usual the Thunder tend to out-firepower their opposition with the combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. However, keep an eye on the injured ankle of Westbrook in this game. He’s expected to play, but a questionable ankle could really limit his effectiveness and keeping up with Ty Lawson could prove tricky. We’ll side with the generous points and the Nuggets.